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  1. bdit

    Recruitment Ideas

    We can respectfully agree to disagree; For our program, every director is on the same page or they won't work here for very long. Each one understands their job description, which is they are to work with the HS band and assist (included in their stipend). The HS directors do the same and assist at the MS (we are assigned to one of our MS each morning). You are not allowed to pick and choose what you do and don't want to do (i.e. "I just want to teach MS and go home at 2:45"). We all cover for each other when one has to be out of the building, etc, we all share the same curriculum, and our MS collaborate with each other so that when our 8th graders enter the HS, they are all on basically equal footing. That means that the HS directors don't have to spend time and go back and re-teach things that they should already have been taught. They know their scales, rhythm studies, how to sit, etc. I don't have a part of my freshmen that are "with it" from one MS, then another group of freshmen that are way behind. And then I have to spend a bulk of the class time explaining how we do things. It's worked tremendously well.
  2. bdit

    Recruitment Ideas

    It is absolutely your obligation to serve as a "good feeder." I know of many places where people have been reassigned or let go because they weren't on board with the total vision. Those of us that have been around for a while know exactly what I'm referring to. Have that kind of attitude at a place like Carmel or Lafayette, and see how long you last. It may work at a place where the expectations are low, but that's about it.
  3. bdit

    Recruitment Ideas

    um, but that's what they are...........................like it or not. Where does my HS band come from? The middle schools that "feed" me. Although I have one MS teacher that needs to be reassigned due to poor performance (but that's another story for another time).
  4. bdit

    Recruitment Ideas

    For what it's worth, Bands of America will let you combine (as long as you're in the same district, which you are). You could also do festival class or exhibition in KY, if you chose so. Also, I would be pushing for the 10% rule of enrollment for your HS classes. I think TNHS is around 700, so you can do the math. And I always had a set number of freshmen that I would be expecting from feeders (meaning I would start losing my mind if that number fell below; for me, if I wasn't bringing in 25-30 freshmen per year, something was wrong). Also, I would advise you to stay at least long enough to get tenure (complete your 4th year, and teach there your 5th). Then, if you do decide to move districts, you won't have to start all over. You would just need to complete one year at the new district to get your tenure back. Many newer teachers in KY don't understand how that works. If you teach somewhere for 4 years, and then leave, you have to start all over again. OR if you teach somewhere and get tenure, then leave for another position and teach there for one year ONLY, then leave AGAIN, you have to start all over. Tenure is HUGE in today's landscape of things. Jmo
  5. bdit

    Recruitment Ideas

    As it appears to me, and I don't know your total situation, your schedule seems to be the major elephant in the room. It's good that you have a positive relationship with your counselor, but if you are STILL having scheduling issues, then it is up to him/her to fix and address it. I've always said, "I don't mind if the student has to make a choice, but I don't want it to be forced." If it's forced, it's a lose-lose. The middle schools that feed you are directly related to your enrollment at the HS. You may need to talk to your superintendent if you keep getting pushback for needing to be involved with the middle schools. That may give you some indication if they truly want a band program (or not). Then you would know if you're just spinning your wheels and need to get out of there. Nelson County has had some success in the past with their program (before the split), but it was never the size that it should have been based on the enrollment. As an outsider, it appears to me that the middle schools (or K-8..........who still does that??) are the first issue, and then the scheduling at the HS being the second. Edit: I would also like to think that your asst principal would be on board with helping you, although his band programs were never really stellar (meaning he may not understand what it takes to truly succeed).
  6. bdit

    Recruitment Ideas

    Make best friends with your counselor, the secretary, and then the administration. Scheduling can make you or break you. Preferably, you need to be on a 7-period day or at least a modified block where u can have band year-round. This one is a biggie: you MUST be directly involved with your feeder programs (and vice-versa). If you have a schedule where you are stuck at the HS all day, it’s not going to work like it needs to. I don’t know if any major, highly successful programs in KY, IN, or TN where the HS director only teaches one or two classes of band at the HS (and then A and H, etc). Jmo
  7. bdit

    The show must go on...

    nope............
  8. bdit

    The show must go on...

    Not the "correct" decision..................the "easy" decision..................... Kind of funny how the best bands in the nation (IN and TX) are still having camps and providing their students with the best experience possible.
  9. bdit

    The show must go on...

    I know there's a few more contests sprinkled in and around the state. I also see where KY is still playing football......and cross-country..........and golf............and volleyball...............because KHSAA has a plan (and I understand the financial part). Sure would be nice to be having band............and not being expected to just have a "pep" band. Such a disservice to our students.
  10. Lot of people are in agreement about that individual. I feel sorry for those that have had to deal with it. KMEA has proven they won’t do anything once they encounter a barrier. Their answer is to just cancel it. Proof being with the state conference and all-state already being cancelled. It’s truly maddening.
  11. bdit

    Jobs OPEN in 2020//

    That job is for the HS assistant. Think that person left for the East Hardin middle job, which surprises me, because that is only a 1-year gig as of now. That whole side of Hardin seems to be in such disarray now.
  12. bdit

    Jobs OPEN in 2020//

    Work "with," definitely not "for." They work "for" the Hardin Co Board of Ed, and are assigned to each building and its principal. I know what you were referring to, though 😎
  13. bdit

    Jobs OPEN in 2020//

    Is this a serious question?
  14. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    You are totally and unequivocally missing my points, and twisting them to fit your agenda. You’ll vote for Biden, and I’ll vote for Trump. It’s all good 😁.
  15. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    Someone has to educate these new teachers coming out, because it’s certainly not the universities in my area. Most of the ones that are coming out or student-teaching are either coat-tail riders or just flat out lazy. And you have no idea what my credentials are......plenty of fake accounts on here 😎. And not sure where you get that I’m “arguing.” Just stating my opinions. I can also guarantee you that our (see, it doesn’t belong to me) program will not get cut either next year, or the year after that. My admin is fully behind us and our students. Anyone else also notice how the vote yesterday was 17-0 in favor of keeping hopes alive? Looks like they all went to vote for the best interests of their students. All we did was vote to bail on ours.
  16. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    You make some decent points, but you do understand that these circuits can’t continue if bands tell them “we’re dropping out,” or “my admin won’t let me.” My point is we have a section in KY that are looking at this as “hey, I get my Fall free and get all of my weekends back. And they are still going to pay me. My principal says we can’t participate, so I’m going to vote “no,” even though there are directors in my district that specifically told me they wanted to.” Many bands were railroaded due to the self-serving interest of others. It’s widely known and widely discussed. Wonder what would happen in KHSAA if all (or even half) of the teams said, “we’re not competing”?? Would they continue or cancel the season? Or does anybody know of any fall sports teams not competing or sitting out this Fall?
  17. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    I’m only “miffed” because we cancelled so quickly. My administration will want to know why, especially if we are playing football into November and December. And my parents will want to know why. I’m praying I get to hold on to my stipend. We took the easy way out. No contracts had been signed, and we could have easily pushed it down the road a little. You don’t want to participate? Fine......but some of us do. There were some district reps that couldn’t wait to vote “no” to cancel (a few that have never been a HS director, and a few that had already been told by their admin that they couldn’t participate). Just trying to figure out how come everything else can potentially happen, but we cave (and I’m well aware this all could be a moot point if cases increase). Totally respect your opinion, as long as your respect mine.
  18. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    That’s not our purpose............my kids deserve the chance to compete just like everyone else. I refuse to become a football-only pep band this fall. My decision, not yours.
  19. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    I understand that.......but at least those seniors have the possibility. As I’ve stated previously, I’m going to have a very hard time looking at my students in November if they are expected to be doing “pep” band during the playoffs.
  20. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    Looks like they are making a plan to have a season........what a novel idea...........
  21. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    ^^^^^^totally agree...........but they shouldn’t. I look at some of these “perennial” finalists, and then I see they have maybe 10 or 12 seniors in their graduating class (attrition is to be expected, but......). Then some have zero students make the all-state bands. I think it all ties in, eventually. Are their exceptions? Absolutely. I marched as an 8th grader. But I can tell you that directors from other states that have highly successful programs shake their heads at us. Again, this is all jmo. It’s perfectly fine to disagree w me.
  22. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    Wrong........we now have a system that will allow/cause directors to keep their numbers down so that they don’t jump up a class. There is zero incentive for growth. I can deal with maybe a few middle schoolers, but if your band is 1/3 to 1/2 that (especially if you use any 7th graders), then u need to be looking in the mirror. Again, jmo.
  23. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    Does UIL give them that option (I'm assuming they do)?; I always thought UIL told you what to do, not the other way around. Meaning, they are the governing body and here is what you are doing. I've always thought we should adopt a form of their rehearsal requirements for KMEA (no more than 8 hours rehearsal a week, etc. We have some directors that are rehearsing waaaayyyyy too much and using waaaaaaaayyyyy too many middle school students).
  24. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    You do understand it’s KMEA, yes? When MC garners the results NH and Laf have had at BOA Regionals/Supers/Grand Nats, then you can put them in the same sentence. Anyone know the last time MC made finals at a Regional?? Not saying they aren’t good, but it’s NOT the same level as the other two. It’s just not. And comparing anything to KMEA is just not smart. We are light years overall behind most states around us. Outside of Laf and NH, no other band in KY would make top 10 Class A finals in IN, and even they would be in the bottom 5. Again, jmo.
  25. bdit

    New KMEA Guidelines

    When any of these are invited to perform at Midwest numerous times (Laf hasn’t been in over 20 years), come talk to me. And yes, I’ve heard every one of these top ensembles. Nothing against any of them (although Mad Central is not the same caliber presently as they were under Barton). Central was close to being invited a little before he retired. But none of these are in the same league as NH on the stage. Again, jmo.
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