Reductions to the Music Program in the DB School District sign now

Over the last month, it has been quite evident that the school district is facing a financial crisis with an estimated shortfall of 7 million dollars. As a result, the district needs to examine every possible scenario in regards to funding. However, these decisions are beginning to be made with very little regard to long term educational impacts. Within all of this, the music program in the district - one of its strongest facets - is facing drastic reductions that will significantly alter the educational program for years to come.
This petition seeks to request that the school board reconsider the
depth/breadth of cuts laid upon the music program within Daniel Boone
School District.
Proposed Cuts to the DB Music Program for the 11-12 school year
1. A 26\% reduction in staff among all grade levels. Beyond Kindergarten, this is the single largest staffing reduction in the entire district.
2. Elimination of the 4th and 5th grade band/choral programs.
3. Reduction of instructional time for the MS choral and band programs.
4. Elimination of all non-curricular ensembles at the middle school (select chorus, jazz band, winter guard other small ensembles)
5. Elimination of the HS select chorus, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and winter guard.
6. Reduction of sections of music electives at the high school.
7. No financial support for student musicians who represent the district at the county, region, and state sponsored music festivals.
Questions & Concerns
1. Why have alternate solutions to such a drastic cut like this not been considered by the superintendent?
2. Why have no other programs (with the exception of kindergarten) taken such a drastic cut that is currently being proposed by the music program? There are many programs that the district offers that are not required by the state. If we are truly in a budget crisis, then why are not we looking at impacting EVERY program?
3. Were the building administrators and music faculty as a whole consulted when making this decision?
The success of the music program is due in part to the collaboration of all the music instructors, at all grade levels.
4. Has the superintendent fully evaluated ALL of the educational impacts that a cut such as this would entail?
5. Have the financial impacts of this decision been properly evaluated?
There are statistics readily available that show when a district cuts teaching positions at the lower grades, it actually costs MORE down the road. These students - when they get to the middle and high school level - are currently enrolled in music courses. Over time, the district will need to hire more teachers at those levels to accommodate the increase of students who are NOT enrolled in a music program. Our voices need to be heard.

This petition is being established so that any resident of the district can sign and add their support to keeping the music program in our schools.

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Latest Signatures

  • 20 November 2015100. Krista M
    I believe the elimination of this program will negatively affect the educational development of our young children. There are too many unanswered questions surrounding these cuts. zip code 19508
  • 08 May 201599. Kristina Cf
    I support this petition
  • 22 January 201598. Logan S
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 201597. Perry T
    As I asked all of the DB School board of directors last September 2010 zip code 19518
  • 08 December 201496. Linda E
    I support this petition
  • 13 May 201495. Joan W
    In order for my two daughters to participate with indoor percussion & indoor guard we would definitely pay to play. If it wasn't for the 4th & 5th grade band and chorus, they would not have pursued music. For those students that are not athletical
  • 30 April 201494. P Davidc
    I support this petition
  • 04 February 201493. Gregory Jh
    stop taking the easy way out. its time for responsible board activity. zip code 19518
  • 10 January 201492. Sharon T
    I support this petition
  • 07 November 201391. Brenda K
    I support this petition
  • 27 September 201390. Rebecca D
    I support this petition
  • 18 July 201389. Linda B
    I support this petition
  • 08 July 201388. Amy D
    I support this petition
  • 06 June 201387. Mark S
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 201386. Michael S
    I support this petition
  • 30 March 201385. Patti J
    I support this petition
  • 28 March 201384. Lydia R
    I support this petition
  • 25 March 201383. Jamie W
    I support this petition
  • 12 March 201382. Angela Petern
    I support this petition
  • 20 January 201381. Wendy F
    I believe that music programs are a vital part of a child's education and should not be eliminated or downsized zip code 19518
  • 14 October 201280. Karen J
    My 7th grade daughter will be representing Daniel Boone in the Jr. County Band this year as a second trumpet. This would never have been possible without elementary band and the extra ensembles offered at the middle school. zip code 19518
  • 15 June 201279. Kelly S
    I support this petition
  • 15 May 201278. John B
    These cuts will put Daniel Boone students at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to college admission. zip code 19508
  • 18 April 201277. Diana Longinb
    I support this petition
  • 18 March 201276. Jenny J
    I support this petition
  • 06 March 201275. Jacquelynne L
    I support this petition
  • 15 February 201274. Rebecca S
    It is hard to understand that a bare bones budget focuses primarily on the music program at Daniel Boone. These decisions do not show equablity and are out of porotion to that of the student population. This is the best program Daniel Boone has to offer.

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