Sarah & Neil,
Yes, this is an intriguing discussion. As a retired CE who now serves on the governing board of my church (having moved from labor to management ), I would add how important it is to document the process by which you arrived at all those important lists:
- how did you recruit those volunteers;
- how did you evaluate your curriculum/ scope and sequence;
- what criteria did you use in designing your Christmas program; etc.
These are among the activities that need to be done over and over again, whether or not you have a new CE. They are never finished once and for all. We're eternally about doing a new thing. Involving volunteers in each of the processes is a fabulous way to educate your volunteer corps and parents, too.
I remember very fondly one winter Saturday morning brunch and curriculum review workshop that involved 3 parents, only one of whom was a current teacher. It was a lot of work. But at the end of the morning, I had a great buy-in on the curriculum they selected (Rotation, of course, but it was a genuine choice on their part). I also had 3 great advocates for what we were going to do. They signed the newsletter article about our selection.
Documenting the processes matters, too.