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Re: Stressed out over assistants leaving
I do feel like I need to run things more over there. Everytime an assistant leaves its like starting over, so maybe if I was more involved it would make things easier. So, while I agree with everything you said, this is where I struggle. I know I need to be the one in charge over there, but I have alot of trouble knowing how to go about that. That is without leaving the middle school director feeling like Iím micromanaging everything they do. I want to be sure Iím allowing them to grow as a director, and giving them the opportunity to make some decisions. Does that make sense? How do I go about doing that the right way?
I'll give you some advice as a 3A director who started out as a JH director in a small town. If your assistants are moving in to bigger and better, that's a good thing. But in order for the JH to be stable, you ultimately need to be in charge over there. Yes, let your assistant direct the varsity band, and take on as much responsibility as they can handle, but in a small school, that is your program. You obviously want to be there long term, you need to be the go to with the JH principal, you need to make the decisions. Don't be the coach of the major league team and they're the minor league coach. You're the president of operations from A ball to the majors.
I realize people that replied won't like my response, especially if they've never been in a small school gig, but it's really hard being a small school director in close proximity to bigger schools.
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