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Excuse me while I vent. The school district I work for has a policy of letting librarians close the library two weeks before the end of school so we can re-shelve and do inventory. Given that I work at two libraries, alternating weeks, it means even with two weeks I'm not going to get everything done. You folks out there know that, sure you do. You understand what an inventory entails.

I was a good librarian and not only posted notices with the last checkout date on them, but also put them in the teacher's mailboxes as well, and when each class came for their final visit made it a point to talk to the teachers. You'd think that would have gotten the message across nicely, right?


First day of inventory I have the grumpiest and most difficult teacher bringing her kids in and looking utterly shocked that I'm closed. She starts whining about needing her prep time and how as an elementary teacher she has NO time allotted during the week, and it's her right, it's in the contract! I tell her my inventory is mandated by the district and that she's arguing with the wrong person. Very maturely, she storms out, announcing she's going to talk to the principal about this, leaving the class milling around as I continue to sort books and get on with my work.

The principal comes in and makes noises about 'being flexible' and I stare at her long enough for her to get a little self-conscious. She calls the office and has them send the roving sub, then manages to talk the sub into a little read-aloud lesson plan as I continue to do my job. The entire time I'm inwardly fuming about how despite a year's worth of lessons centered on bullying, it's apparent that Grumpy Teacher has managed to bully not only me but the principal as well.

When the time is up (and she came late, to boot) Grumpy teacher didn't offer a word of apology as she picked up her class. I felt sorry for the kids, annoyed at the principal and on the whole, less than happy about my situation.

Thanks for letting me vent.


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May. 20th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
If you get the opportunity, talk with the principal about how that teacher clearly ignored your posted directives, behaved in an intimidating manner toward you, and how you have real issues with the idea of a prep hour only being available when her students are at the library.

Of the principal mumbles something noncommittal, smile...and put it in writing.
May. 21st, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, but since Grumpy went straight TO the principal, the principal's aware of it, alas.
May. 21st, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
So the principal heard Grumpy's version. They should hear yours as well, with all the inconvenience that happened to you because someone ignored the signs and then bullied the principal.
May. 20th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
Just one more situation where someone ignores the librarian...until they need one. And even then... grr.
May. 20th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Sorry this is happening to you.

When we've been closed during a snowstorm, we later got a call from a faculty member asking why we weren't open (when the whole college was closed!). Apparently he wanted to come in here with a few devoted students. The library used to be open during snow days but not anymore. There's always that one special snowflake...pun intended.
May. 20th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Is your principal ready for every other teacher to come in and start complaining about why can't they use the library during that time as well? Because you know that's what will happen once word gets out that this teacher was allowed to have her class in there during the time you guys were supposed to be closed.

I feel bad that you were put in that position.
May. 21st, 2014 12:54 am (UTC)
Funny you should say that! Apparently Grumpy Teacher was bragging in the staff room about how she got the principal to give her prep time, and now the principal is having to tamp down requests. Luckily most of the staff agrees that Grumpy teacher is a selfish bitch.
May. 21st, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
Perhaps you could simply bring the policy to your principal, ask how you should implement it in the future and watch her squirm. Because if your idiot principal doesn't know by now that she dropped tha ball on this, you need to make it clear that's exactly what she did.
May. 22nd, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
I second this.
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