I'm so sorry, mijumom. I understand in theory why schools would need to require large deposits on their prospective students, but it seems somewhat insensitive to expect parents to pony up hundreds of dollars for the deposit when the school doesn't even have a teacher lined up.
There just aren't enough trained Waldorf teachers to meet the demand. And every year I see great Waldorf teachers with years of experience decide they need to move on
to other ventures. A year sabatical is often taken by teachers after the end of their 8th grade year. And this year our eighth grade teacher, who has taken at least two and maybe three classes through the full eight years, has decided to teach in the high school. Many go on to teach new teachers, which is very valuable too, but that means one less experienced class teacher in the pool schools have to choose from.
At least you know that your school is deciding between two candidates! It's too bad you couldn't meet them both.......maybe you'd find you'd be very pleased to have either one of them
. But the selection committee at your school has met them both...hopefully that might explain why they haven't felt pushed to make the final selection yet.