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Re: How does compensation work when a director writes the marching band show?
On a side note do you have a copy of the curriculum map that I could see and possibly use for our program. If not who could I ask to see the work you all did.
I don't know about legalities, but it looks really shady to finance people. If you're using your budget (and your signature is on the PO request) to pay yourself, that's going to raise some giant red flags. You might be able to soothe the finance people by having a company (with the official paperwork through the county/state) with a different name that's registered as a vendor, but if anybody digs it will still come back to you and could cause problems. Definitely make sure you're upfront with everyone and get it documented and signed off, so it doesn't come back to bite you later.
Of course nobody would expect a math, or English, or any other teacher to write their textbook or other course materials for no compensation. In fact, many districts will pay teachers for curriculum design over the summer. You might try to tap into that somehow (whether through your budget, or maybe curriculum budget). Be aware that they may require you to work during very specific hours, in your office, while your admin are on campus. In a previous district, we had a week of "alignment planning" over the summer with several of the band directors from across the district to plan district-standardized expectations and a curriculum map for band from 6th-12th. We all got paid an extra week (daily rate x5) but had to work together in a conference room at district admin for standard admin hours. They were adamant about accountability with signing in and out daily, and admins popping in throughout the day to check on us.