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Mars keeps music teacher position

June 21, 2018 News Extra

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Elyse Leskovic, a 2018 Mars High School graduate, reads a poem with support from her peers to the Mars School Board on Tuesday. Nearly two dozen students, alumni and parents attended the school board meeting to voice support for the music program.

ADAMS TWP — The band community's pleas were answered when the Mars School Board passed a final budget Wednesday night that kept a middle school music teaching position that was scheduled to be cut.

The Mars School Board passed its 2018-19 budget during a special meeting Wednesday. The $49.8 million budget includes a 2.4 percent increase in the millage rate. The millage rate will rise from 99 mills to 101.376 mills.

The music teaching position was saved by using actual costs instead of budgeted estimates for the district's various contracted services, said Dayle Ferguson, school board president. She said they got late news that the music teacher on the chopping block was the only one qualified to teach the strings program in the district.

“The absence of this specialized skill set would be an unrecoverable blow to this curricular program,” Ferguson said. “That simply was not acceptable to us.”

Parents, students and music program graduates had been attending recent board meetings to show support for the program and speak out against the proposed cut.

Find out what the budget has affect in the Butler Eagle.

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