Cuts in music at Wewahitchka schools draws protest

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:52 AM.

The Gulf County School Board on Monday approved a tentative budget but not before getting an earful about what was not in the document.

Several residents of Wewahitchka spoke to board members about the cut to music programs in the Wewahitchka schools for the coming school year, saying it was taking away from “the poorest of the poor” in the school district.

 Parents, several student members of the band and several other Wewahitchka residents approached the board and Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton.

They wanted to understand why music was being cut and when it might return, ideas for preserving the program and asking what options remained for parents making financial investments in their child’s musical ambitions.

“These kids are being denied a well-rounded education,” said resident Mary Gould, who said she lives part-time in Wewahitchka but pays school board taxes though not allowed to vote locally.

Norton said he was “committed” to maintaining the Wewahitchka school system.

But due to losses in enrollment – the district is projected to lose another 73-74 students this year, a loss tilted heavily toward the north end – and resulting loss in revenue tough cuts were needed.

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