DCPS - Keep K-12 Instrumental Music Specialist and Dr. Kenneth Williams.

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For over a decade the K-12 Instrumental Music Specialist position has been an invaluable resource to the Music Students and Teachers of Duval County. This position has recently been eliminated due to budget cuts. We respectfully ask the Administration of Duval County Public Schools to reinstate this position with the renowned expert who currently holds it, Dr. Kenneth Williams.

Dissolving the K-12 Instrumental Music Specialist position and assigning those responsibilities to another music position does not function in the best interest of the students of DCPS. The area of expertise is too specific and the amount of time required to effectively plan and facilitate the many clinics, observations, and in-class coaching, is too great to add to another specialist's responsibilities. Without this position, these highly beneficial opportunities for students and teachers will be lost.

Dr. Kenneth Williams has served as a music educator for over forty years. His quality and contribution to Music Education in Florida is so great that in 2016 he was inducted into the FBA 'Roll of Distinction' - an honor similar to, but even more selective than, the Hall of Fame. He is the current President of the Florida Music Education Association and is a Past-President of the Florida School Music Association. The positive benefits he creates through mentoring and providing professional development opportunities for DCPS teachers cannot be overstated. His efforts in this area have a profound daily educational impact of the highest quality on thousands of DCPS students. 

Dr. William's continued contributions to Instrumental Music Education in Duval County are vital to its success and continued existence. We understand the difficulty of making cuts when there is a budget shortfall. That said, we still humbly request Duval County Public Schools reassess the value of keeping the K-12 Instrumental Music Specialist position and Dr. Williams in it because of the overwhelming benefits which can be provided to so many students and teachers. The positives of keeping this position, and Dr. Williams in it, far outweigh the costs.

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