Cuts in music at Wewahitchka schools draws protest

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

The district, Norton said, is taking similar steps with the boys’ basketball program at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.

Derek Kurnitsky, who coached the Tiger Sharks for a decade, left for a program in the Jacksonville area this summer.

The district will not fill his social studies teaching position and will fill the basketball coaching position in-house.

Another significant component of the internal debate over the Wewahitchka band program for district staff, said director of curriculum Melissa Ramsey is that band is not a required course while English is.

“It is a balancing act and it is unfortunate,” Ramsey said.

Also factoring into the equation, said board member George Cox is the number of students interested in band had steadily declined.

There are fewer current members, Cox noted, than in 1962, when the graduating class numbered two dozen.

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