So I think this depends on whatís expected in your district. Is it a norm to teach sectionals? An expectation? Part of your stipend? Then your HD is flat out not meeting the expectations of the job.
Not being available to you definitely is not ok, and Iím sorry to hear that isnít happening.
If heís leaving early and coming in late thatís tough for me to support as well. As band directors we get paid more to work a little extra. Our profession isnít clock in/clock out. And Iím guessing if there are at least 3 of you, thereís SOME sort of excellence in your school that heís not meeting.
For me I would try to talk to the HD, and if nothing is resolved I would find another job. Once that new job is in order... yes, I think you do talk to your principal. This HD is going to continue to make new teachers feel bad and itíll turn into a revolving door. No way to spin that in a way that isnít true. Do it for anyone who replaces you in the future.
Before Spring break I had hit my breaking point with my head director.
Coming to school late, leaving early, not teaching sectionals while myself and the other assistant are, putting too much on our plates, not being available to help me with my band, etc... itís clear to me that he is checked out and isnít putting the time in to this program.
This is my first year teaching, so itís taken me a few months to figure out that. Whatís worse is that any convo when weíve tried to talk about it has ended in him getting defensive and telling us that we are working too hard and should scale back ourselves. I usually leave by 5, only gone in early enough to teach my sectionals, so I donít agree with this at. all.
I was planning on talking to my principal about this before the break, but now with the closures it seems unfair. BUT... I know this will happen again next year. Also with the work at home order heís not doing anything... no assignments for top band, not answering emails, ignoring us, etc.