Situation: 45 day rule kicked in on Monday (6-28). Last Tuesday (6-22) I was offered "The Position"...the one I've been dreaming of since I was fresh out of school. I accepted, and sent my current superintendent both an email AND a registered letter informing him of my resignation with immediate effect.
This past Monday (6-28), my current superintendent calls me into his office stating that he will not release me from my contract.
Here's what went down...keep the above dates in mind:
Super.: "That's right, I'm not releasing you from your contract here. The 45 day deadline is past."
Me: "I sent you a registered letter and an email, both dated June 22. The 45 day cutoff is June 28. I got it in with 6 days to spare."
Super.: "I wasn't here all last week. I didn't read either until today (Monday 6-28). Too late."
Me: "The law says resignations must be *delivered* prior to 45 days, which my letter was. It's a 'buyer's market', you'll have no problem replacing me, and I will help you with that."
Super: "Do you want to work this year, or not? Besides, I've already called the other school and informed them that I'm not releasing you."
I have been here long enough that I have out-lasted several administrators. Those who were former principals are references on my applications and my resume. They have all said that they "have my back"...so I really don't have to worry about getting a bad reference from anyone in the district this year as they are all new. The superintendent has caused the district to lose four lawsuits, requiring payment of damages, in the last 3 years. This spring, 80% of the faculty of the elementary school quit.
Now...while keeping within the boundaries of my contract...just how UN-cooperative should I be this year?