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Schools May Cut Elementary Music

By: Beth Jett
By: Beth Jett

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Music Classes Could Be Cut In Wichita

Monday, April 11, 2005

Consider it the latest controversial decision for Wichita school board members and its not music to their ears. It all boils down to moving around classes.

It’s a plan to move fourth and fifth grade instrumental music classes back one year to fifth and sixth grade at the suggestion of administrators, and elementary school principals and staff.

These changes had many people coming in singing the blues.

Dr. Dan Stiffler has been studying the idea since February, originally to save the district money, which it would. It would cut about $140,000 by losing three teaching positions through attrition.

However, this time money is not the motivator but rather its valuable academic class time students lose by being pulled out of music.

Board members have been asked to move it back one year. No action taken on that issue.

The board was also updated on the proposal to fix education funding in the state and that’s going to mean $15 million for Wichita Public Schools, but they’re still trying to cut $9 million. So, Winston Brooks, the superintendent, basically said it means Wichita Public Schools will remain flat, no gain, no loss. Not necessarily a good thing. No word on when the Kansas Supreme Court might rule on that proposal.

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