The fuse finally popped today. For those not familiar with the administrative side of a school system, it's basically slave labor. There's very little regulation from the gov't, at least here in Texas. They are all but completely immune from the workforce commission. I spent 1.5 years in Technology before being pushed out and moved to another dept for lack of productivity [metrics]. I am on a 215 day contract with a take-home salary of 26K and health insurance that doesn't kick in until you've met the $5,000 annual deductible, so basically for emergency use only. The state allocates so many paid days off, and the local district also allocates so many paid days off. Us hourly employees are not paid in overtime, but instead receive compensatory time. Right now, I am sitting on 14.5 PTO days from the state and 8.5 PTO days from the district - 23 paid days off that I have never used in my 2.5 years at the district. In the technology dept, we also got 5 flex days - the only dept that gets them. Between those and my Comp Time, I never had to use the PTO for racing. Where I am now, I accrued 14 days 7 hours and 7 minutes of compensatory time in the fall semester alone. We are now 2.5 months into the Spring semester, and I am already at 13 days 5 hours 9 minutes - for a total of 28 days 4 hours 46 minutes this school year. That's almost $6,000 worth of overtime, if it was paid out. Oh, and it's use or lose. But now that I'm trying to use it, my super says "You need to be here, you can't be taking off because it disrupts our system".... I just sent our HR director a pleasant, factual, note explaining that I do not plan to return next school year.