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Re: Stressed out over assistants leaving
Sounds like something needs to change to make the position more enticing. The salary and stipend probably isn't in your control, but you can run it up the chain and ask. Maybe you can change up the responsibilities at the middle school? Do something to make it a great position, and then people won't be looking for "bigger and better."
You could also try to market to older people, maybe someone looking to settle down into small-town life with their family.
At the end of the day, the small-town thing isn't for everybody. It takes the right kind of person to be really excited about that.
Hey. Iím not sure what advice Iím looking for here. I guess some reassurance that things will be ok, because Iím so stressed out itís making me sick. Iím the high school director at a small 3a school. I have been here for 10 years now. During the 10 years I have had to hire 4 different middle school directors. Iím currently on the 4th one, and she is in her first year here. Each of them not staying any longer than 2 years (my first few years I was the only director). Anyway, my current assistant may now be leaving. Sheís in the running for a bigger and better position. Iím really happy for her, but itís gotten to the point where I want to just give up. I canít keep anyone for more than a year or two at the middle school. Because of this I canít seem to get the middle school program going successfully. It seems like once things start looking up I have to hire a new director and then weíre starting all over again. I love teaching at this school, and plan on staying here for a long time. I just donít know how to handle the constant revolving door with the middle school director position. I donít blame anyone for wanting to leave. Its a small school and a small town. All I get is new teachers right out of college and they arenít looking to stay. How do I deal with this so it doesnít keep hurting my middle school program? Thank you