NOTHING GROWS WHEN YOU CUT OFF THE ROOTS. Since the beginning of the district over 50 years ago, musical and academic excellence have gone hand in hand. Eliminating one of these factors is HIGHLY risky. The Maine Endwell School District is proposing ELIMINATING 4th and 5th grade band AND orchestra. Over the last several years, they have eliminated third grade strings, 4th grade band (lessons only). They have also greatly reduced contact time at the elementary school from every day to twice a six day cycle. In addition, they have not replaced three music positions when the teachers retired. Another music teacher is retiring this year, and the response to eliminate completely the 4/5 Band & Orchestra. HOW MUCH MORE MONEY NEEDS TO BE SAVE FROM THE SAME DEPARTMENT?? It has not yet been stated how many music faculty will potentially laid off.....but KNOW THIS: the sports are only taking a $17,000 +/- cut. This does not even equal a teaching position. The elimination of just one position in the department is saving $70,000 plus benefits. They claim all of the cuts are equal in nature. We do not see this as equal. This is a "district of leadership", operating on the principles of Covey, yet the Covey principles are not being practiced. FACTS: 75% of past Valedictorian/Salutatorian pairs have been involved in music. Over 110 students JUST this year participated in All County Band, Chorus, Orchestra. About two dozen participated in Area All-State (competing against 7 other counties). SIX were selected for All-State (competing against the entire state)...of these 6, 2 were ALSO awarded alternate positions - thus earning TWO seats at All-State. Most schools have 1 go once in a blue moon. TWO students were selected for ALL-EASTERN, competing against from students throughout the east. This happens once a career - maybe. ONE student performed at carnegie hall this year.
We need to show them that music is IMPERATIVE to an education. It is the one subject that is truly co-curricular. Music is not only CORE, it is ENCORE.
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