The high school where I work at just got entirely rebuilt, and we've been having quite a few problems, as is usual when a school district tries to build/manage a theater. I could write quite a few threads complaining about issues we've run into, but I had one that I wanted to seek input on.
During the last school year, the district asked me how many lights I recommend stay with the school, and told me that other lights we didn't want would go to other junior highs. I sent them a complete list, and answered all of their questions, while they never told me anything about what kind of equipment we would be receiving, despite my frequent asking.
Now, we are moved into the new school, bigger auditorium, and have all of our new lights, and we've found they have given us less than in our older auditorium. What's more, is now they are telling us they don't see why we should keep any of the lights from the old school despite our previous agreement, since "we have all that new stuff."
In our old auditorium (40'X18' proscenium, 30' deep, 96 dimmers, 3 onstage electrics) we had up to about 130 fixtures in use at one time (dance concerts had most lights).
Our new auditorium is a 50'X20' proscenium, 36' deep, 288 dimmers, 4 onstage electrics and they have given us only about 100 fixtures for this larger space, and leaving literally nothing for side lighting for our dance concerts.
We also have a new little theater (28'X15' proscenium, about 10' deep, 48 dimmers, 2 onstage electrics) for which they only gave us 12 36* Source Four Jr.'s
We feel really ripped off, and are looking for ways to convince the district for the need to keep more of our old lights. Since I am pretty young, they don't really value my opinion very much, or the director's opinion for that matter and she has been doing this for 35 years. But, we were hoping to get some other people's opinions to add to credibility.
So, for a high school lighting stock for this theater, what would you recommend as a professional?