I'm sure my daughters think the same way. They are the ones who actually have to go to school, I just have to drive them to the bus.
Last night was the last band concert. The fate of the band is still up in the air as the high school sorts out the red tape of keeping the newest band director. There are high hopes they can keep him unless some weird teachers' union glitch happens.
It's been a bad band year for my oldest daughter with this being the 3rd director they've had this year. Being a band director of a high school, I have come to understand, is not for woosies.
When they put out the call for applicants in the middle of the school year, they did not expect to find the real deal who understood their school demographic so well (see "A New Look at an Old School). So it was a temporary position. They did indeed find the real deal. The newest director was sent to us from heaven, I believe. He is a replant from Kansas and understands the demographic of my daughter's high school and the work it takes to lead a high school band.
I was involved in the interviews for the new director and my mindset was to find someone who would stay into next school year. Not being versed in all the politics of job positioning, I'm disappointed to find out they have to actually open the position again.
What seems so simple to me is actually a complicated path of red tape. They must open the position, re-interview, hope no one who has more seniority bumps him, and hope he is still the best candidate. It seems simple to me that when someone "fits" the position they should just be able to offer him a new contract. But it all becomes complicated by "the rules."
So we now hope it's an affirmative answer we can have before school is out. The kids have had their hearts broken enough this year and the band program has been hit as hard as the economy.
Maybe when we know this real deal of a band director is going to get to stay, then school will really be out for the summer.