I decided to just take an open approach:
Thanks so much for your note back. I hope the New Year finds you and yours and the school community safe.I suspect, however, that while I may hear again from the head of HAS, I'll not be packing my bags for Sarkhan.
I appreciate your kind words and your straight-forward feedback. While finances are certainly critical, I've always thought that nearly
everything financial is negotiable, particularly if the "fit" is "fine." If you find, as the hiring season rolls along, you'd like to continue the conversation, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me. The opportunities present at Haidho American School are innumerable, and I would thrive on working in the HAS community.
I wish you a most excellent 2008.
I did see a posting for a dean of students position at a day school nearby; I sent off my letter of inquiry this morning.