Only the junior high band directors where given a start day five days before our contract starts. Not the orchestra directors or the choir directors, who also receive a large stipend.
Also, my assistant and I work many hours during the summer, including several days before our contract starts, to get things ready for our program. My fear is that if this continues, what will it be next year? You need to report to work 10 days before you contract? 15 days?