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Re: Small School Band Help
The first thing I will say to you is the old adage "Rome was not built in a day". If you try to tackle every single problem all at once, you will be mentally wrecked by Christmas, if not Thanksgiving. I say that from experience from the first time I rebuilt a program (yes, I've done it more than once...it is what made my reputation). Take an inventory of every problem, real or perceived. Then triage each of those problems from the one that needs the most attention on down. As soon as you determine that, start working on the top two as soon as you get the keys. In many cases those top two will be long-term projects; you start work on them, and then you have to wait for other events to happen in order for you to advance on them. When those first two are marinating, go on to the next two. As you go farther down the list the tasks should take less time to accomplish, but at the same time aren't as pressing issues as the items at the top of the list.
Whatever you do...DON'T consider yourself a failure if you don't complete the list in the first year. Some of the things will take at least two years to get fixed. Plan on 3-5 years for the changes/fixes you make to really take hold and start showing a return on the investment. Make adjustments as necessary if something starts to go sideways...BUT sometimes the best thing to do is nothing and ride it out a little farther. Plan on having to explain why you are doing what you are doing to everyone...starting with your administration. The more they understand what you are doing, the more likely they will go to bat for you and "run interference" when a ticked off parent calls.
Last thing, don't forget to come back here if you get stuck on something!
Anyway, this is what I did. I didn't get too specific because every issue will have minor details that make them different from the school down the street with the same problem. Your millage may vary.