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3/25/2015 - Community Fills School Board Room Upon Consideration Of Eliminating 5th Grade Band Teacher - Click here to print this information

The Antigo School Board held their meeting Tuesday night in front of a full crowd, as dozens came to discourage the board from eliminating the 5th grade band teacher position.

Seven people spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, including students, parents, and band teacher Janet Waterhouse. Carol Schafer will be retiring at the end of the year, and the recommendation by district leaders was to not replace her, and possibly offer the 5th grade band program as an after school activity.

Speakers brought up the success and pride the music program has brought to Antigo, and lamented the feeling that the art programs are always on the cutting block when money needs to be saved. District Administrator Dr. Don Childs stated this move would only change the way the program is run, and not have the dire consequences that were feared by the group.

This was all part of the district's effort to balance the budget from a $1.4 million deficit next school year. Business manager Mary Jo Filbrandt said the same passion people spoke with about the music program should be directed at their legislators as well, because they have a large hand in what happens going forward.

The school board agreed to hold off on acting on position cuts until they received more information. Other cuts included the 3rd grade teacher at North Elementary, with the 3rd and 4th grade students combining, as well as the Business ed teacher at the High School. In the case, the district would contract with NTC for similar classes.

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