Do not change the Sudbury Public Schools Orchestra and Band program.
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We the undersigned want the Sudbury Public Schools to maintain our orchestra and band programs in their current form. We also want every effort made to retain Deanna Leedy-Andreozzi, current teacher of the orchestra program.
We ARE asking for:
- One string specialist to teach orchestra from grades 4 - 8
- One band specialist to teach band from grades 5 - 8
We are NOT asking for:
- More FTEs for music
- More funding for music
- More options or classroom time for music students (While it would be nice for kids to be able to participate in both band and chorus during the school day, this was never, nor should be at this time, a priority.)
Sudbury Public Schools currently has a robust, quality orchestra and band program that has been staffed by one full time band specialist (current Dr. Robert Mealey, retiring this year) and one full time string orchestra specialist (currently Deanna Leedy-Andreozzi). There is a plan to downgrade this arrangement whereby Curtis would have one teacher in charge of band, grades 6-8, as well as orchestra grades 6-8. This individual would also likely be in charge of Select Jazz Ensemble and Select Orchestra. The details of this are still very much in the air.
Elementary schools would be handled by two 0.5 FTE individuals, one for orchestra, and the other for band. There would be no benefits offered for these positions, but they could be combined into a 1 FTE position with benefits.
Sudbury deserves better than a teacher who would claim to have expertise over teaching very much beginner students 13+ different band instruments as well as 4 string instruments, and also have excellent credentials for teaching jazz and improvisation. This would be tantamount to asking a French teacher to teach German as if all languages were interchangeable from a teaching standpoint. It is a downgrade in quality from our current model, as well as the models in place at schools in surrounding comparable towns.
Our current model has been in place for over 35 years and has been very successful. Early in May, all the 7th-8th grade ensembles traveled to New York City for the World Strides competition and walked away with the top prizes. This is no accident. It is the result of having a highly qualified string instructor and a highly qualified band/jazz band instructor on staff. This is what must be preserved for the Sudbury Public Schools.
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