A Vancouver School Board Trustee is hoping some of the new $15-million BC Music Fund will go to help saving a popular band program.
“So we are struggling with keeping this really valuable program going.”
Patti Bacchus says the District’s “Band and Strings” program is once again on the bubble, as the School Board looks to balance its budget.
“We would really love to keep this program going. It is my hope this funding would provide some sustainable funding so we can continue to keep that program running because it is at risk, as each year we are required to cut something from our budget to balance it in the current funding model we have for public education.”
Bacchus says the popular program was saved from being cut last year after parents protested.
“We came very close to cutting the program a few years ago because of the staffing costs because it is teacher staffing over and above the regular classroom alottment. We did manage to give it a reprieve with some holdback money that was released two budget cycles ago. We reduced it partially last year in an effort to balance our budget.”
Other School Districts around the province have also been forced to chop band programs.
Among other things the BC Music Fund will see a blue ribbon panel struck to work with School Boards to strengthen music education.