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Re: Asking for a raise
Unfortunately, you are in a profession where you are not going to get paid on the merits of your performance. You can be the best teacher in your district and it doesn't matter. You will get paid what your experience and stipend dictate.
You'll provably have to change districts to get more pay. Then you'll end up in the same situation with the same ceiling over your head.
As a young band director, I have a hard time asking for what I need.
Veteran band directors, how would you ask for a raise? I'll be finishing up my 3rd year as a HS Asst. band director. I have helped change the culture in the program in both marching and concert band. I've had the highest ratings consecutively in concert and sight reading with my NV and SNV bands compared to my coworkers. There has been a tremendous amount of change in this program since I've been here, paired with a tremendous amount of stress!
I would love to stay here but I live month to month (school loans suck!). I also don't want to sound cocky or spoiled when asking for more money.
Who should I talk to? Head band director or straight to my fine arts director?