Cuts in music at Wewahitchka schools draws protest

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

And while Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School needed to add an English teacher, the circumstances surrounding the music and band programs dictated the district not hire a full-time instructor.

“Right now we want to save the life of that school,” Norton said, noting the tight restrictions the state places on local school boards when it comes to spending funds.

“We had to look at the money and what we could afford. We can’t give what we don’t have.”

Last year the high school had a full-time instructor in music, with six periods a day of music education, but due to health reasons that instructor retired mid-year.

An instructor hired to replace him left the county after the school year.

The district, in working to cut $355,000 from this year’s budget, decided not to fill the position, Norton said.

An instructor already on staff will conduct a limited schedule of music instruction, two to three periods, Norton said, with the possibility of some after-school opportunities.

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