I feel like I live there. Between all the factors in my community that suppress system-wide excellence (SES, tax base, value of education, community work ethic, budget, lack of staffing, instrument quality, scheduling issues, administrative support, etc), I feel like we’re already operating at peak efficiency, and it’s about 3 steps short of where it could (and in my opinion, should) be. I know your first response is “air up the tires” or “be willing to work longer/harder/smarter”, but these kids deserve a staff that invests in them and is really good at what they do - and my staff is - and there really isn’t any way to work harder/longer/ smarter than we are. It’s already a light shade of McGuyver in our band hall, man.
I’m not really upset so much as chronically disappointed. The kids are great. I just wish I could provide them a better situation than they’ve been dealt.