The final nail? Our district had a staff of 7 directors team teaching 3 campuses. We are now down to 4 (with more band members).
Maybe I'm being petty, but after 23 years of directing and things getting steadily worse, I've just gotten tired of this fight. I've saved more than enough money and payed off all my debts to where I can look around for another gig. Not sure if I'll stay in teaching, but I definitely will not be here, which saddens me as my students are great!
I'm not trying to discourage anyone, just venting about my situation. If you are happy where you are at, I applaud you. Keep fighting the good fight. Best of luck to everyone this coming year.