[quote=“Dottie”]Thanks for the replies! Very useful info.
For the first few years I’ll be able to keep the time spent on these breaks down. In the future, however, it would be important to be able to spend more time away – say perhaps a two month block every two to three years.
So while I’m very interested to hear more thoughts on the viability of closing the school altogether for 3 weeks or a month, I’m also interested as to the longer-term possibility of leaving people running things here for some time. Does anybody feel they would be able to do that? Or are most bosses still pretty much indispensable in the day-to-day running of their businesses?
I know this is all very dependent on the particular place and it’s a bit like asking how long a piece of string is. Personal reactions and thoughts are all I’m looking for.[/quote]
A lot depends on how organized the school is. If it is a Gong Show then the boss won’t be able to leave for long stretches of time. If you are organized and have a viable system in place you should only have to be in the school a few hours every day (this also means a longer vacation time). Do you also plan on teaching?
Many schools hire a teacher to manage the place purely on the basis that that teacher has been there the longest. Using that criteria is a mistake. Hire someone looking after your interests based on ability. I have lots of good teachers working for me…good, honest people who do an outstanding job at what they do. But are they qualified to run the place? My answer to that is that I’m still here at the schools taking care of stuff.
Don’t you think it is a bit premature to be already talking about how much vacation you are going to get when you haven’t even opened the school yet? I am not in any way harshing on you but I just want to make it very clear that one just doesn’t open a school and then magically have it succeed so that you can sit around and drink wine and have grapes fed to you while someone else does all the work. It is a lot of hard work, especially at the beginning. And I think it is tougher these days to get started .
I would suggest getting the school in good order first and then worrying about the good stuff.