by Lake County News-Chronicle
May 9, 2013 at 9:36 am in Lake County News-Chronicle
Sixth-grade band in Two Harbors and Silver Bay is safe for another year. Continue Reading
Tags: band, budget cuts, Education, Lake Superior School District, music program 4 Comments »
Let’s see, with district student standardized test scores at an unacceptable level, district science scores even worse, and the district facing a $900,000 deficit of their own making…lets keep the sixth grade band. Because, if we don’t, “We’re talking about setting ourselves up for real trouble,” said the high school band instructor.
I’m trying to figure out if kids can’t read, write or understand basic math, how losing a grade school band program can make things any worse? If the kids need anything, they need a better focus on these fundamentals, and on real technology and science. And by technology, I don’t mean a new smart phone or tablet with better ways to text, receive tweets and access Facebook.
This coming year should be the first year in a series of years focused upon getting priorities straight for the majority of the kids in the system. The focus should be on basics and improving standardized test scores. And getting kids to understand science fundamentals.
And, just as important, getting the financial picture under control so the district runs within budget or at a slight surplus, every year going forward. And to do it without any additional funds from local taxpayers.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem this board has the will to implement enough change early, in order to make a long term difference in the future of the kids. Nor do they seem to care about changing the perception of their trustworthiness in the eyes of the community.
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“This coming year should be the first year in a series of years focused upon getting priorities straight for the majority of the kids in the system. The focus should be on basics and improving standardized test scores. And getting kids to understand science fundamentals. ”
Actually, Brian, this should have started the first year of the four-day week.
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Has the district balanced its budget yet or not? The article really doesn’t say much about that. Or, are these moves just a part of an ongoing budget balancing process before next year?
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Thanks for the comments.
Sorry the article was unclear. The school district has not yet met its goal of a $900,000 reduction in the budget. Budget discussions are ongoing and a $900,000 deficit is only a projection–their total revenue will vary based on enrollment and the state budget. The final budget will be voted on in June.
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