Thank you, but I didn't put in any more time than some other parents do on major fundraisers, etc. It's not unusual for parents to donate a couple of months on a project. This one just happened to be right up my alley.
Besides, they couldn't have offered me a contract two months ago. They had no idea what they were getting into, and neither did I. They didn't know how this would go, or even IF it would go. I told them up front that I was prepared to donate my time through the launch, because they specifically asked me to help them start a school newspaper. But if it turned into a continuing role...if that was needed, if they wanted me to do it, and if I was interested at that point...then I would have to be compensated like any other part-time instructor. They agreed then, so let's hope they live up to their word. I will find out in the next couple of days.
In tomorrow's class, we will do a critique of the first issue. They will complain that I did too much instead of letting them handle it, and I will remind them that they missed all their deadlines and didn't leave themselves time to do it all.
You see, it's not just the administration that fluffed off their responsibilities. But they are learning.
They are all learning.