Cuts in music at Wewahitchka schools draws protest

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

Student Matthew Hunter said he had ideas for “generating money and interest” in the band program and agreed to sit down to discuss those ideas with Norton and board chair Linda Wood.

“This (cutting music) is not something that we want to do,” Wood said.

Hunter’s mother said other parents of band students were also interested in exploring fundraising options to sustain the program, which she said some parents invested substantially in with holiday gifts of instruments to children.

Six years ago supporters of the Wewahitchka High School wrestling team, with the prospect of the program being eliminated, undertook a similar community effort to save that program.

Norton said that he hopes the student population on the north end would stabilize along with the budget and that he would be committed to bringing back full-time instruction next year.

“Band is not being eliminated,” Norton said. “It is being idled back for a year.”

Gould said she heard from the debate that the district is hamstrung by funding formulas and due to those formulas Wewahitchka schools were becoming progressively poorer in relation to schools on the south end.

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