Possibly they're hoping to recruit teachers who are lower down the pay spine. Maybe a more established member of staff has expressed a desire to retire in the next couple of years. The difference between someone on ups 3 with a tlr and someone on m1 or 2 is huge and will make huge savings. Of course it's all speculation. But the governors will know. As for building work - having taught in a condemned school, and having taught in one while it was being completely refurbished for 2 years - I'm afraid it's just the way it has to be. You have to go through the pain to get the gain. My own daughter went to a school that was being rebuilt across the road, it meant that for a year children were taught in portacabins- hot in summer, freezing in winter and they had to cross a main road to go to the toilets which were still outside ( there was a crossing lady on all day every day for this purpose) they also had no whole school assemblies for a year and no pe indoors as there was no hall. But I was pragmatic about it- I've worked in schools where this is the norm and it was not going to get any better. It was doable for a year. I suppose you have to weigh up whether you want to keep your child in the school or move her- to me it comes down to a couple of things- is my child happy and doing well, is the teaching good? If the answer to these is yes then I can put up with most things. No school is perfect, you have to be pragmatic. Let the governors and management worry about the nitty gritty, that's their job, but if you want to get involved why not put yourself forward as a parent or community governor?