Re: School District #83 cuts to music education in our schools
I am appalled with the continual cuts to SD83’s music program.
Throughout the years, the music program has been stellar and has been recognized by many school districts across B.C. for its quality of teaching and musicianship.
The latest cuts to the principal of music administrative position have occurred while there has been no elected school board to vote on it and under the leadership of our new superintendent. Shouldn’t this important decision be made public before it is completed?
The full-time principal of music position is gone, originally cut to a .6 principal of music position which is also gone, and is now replaced with a .4 qualified music teacher co-ordinator position to support the music program. This person also has a .6 music teaching position which means they are not available for situations that arise and must be dealt with within limited time constraints. This could include problems with microphones and PA’s right before a concert, pianos not working and needing to be replaced and instruments being driven to or picked up at outlying schools.
As the .4 music teacher co-ordinator position is filled by a music teacher, that teacher cannot be involved in the hiring or evaluating of new music teachers to our district. As music teachers have special qualifications, much like French immersion teachers, I believe it is necessary that a principal with these same qualifications be on the hiring team as is currently done with the hiring of specialty French immersion teachers.
It seems obvious to me by the actions of SD83 and the increasing harsh cuts to the music program that they do not value the music program in our schools.
I would ask SD83 to re-evaluate their decision to remove the music administrator position.