Parents fight to save Granite City band

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KSDK) - Save the band!

That's the message parents are bringing to the Granite City school board this week. The board is considering a number of budget cuts at its meeting Tuesday and some parents want the band off the chopping block. One of the proposals includes cutting the band program at the intermediate level, which includes 5th and 6th graders. And, some parents fear getting rid of the program could create a domino effect.

"Later down the road it's really going to devastate the high school because your students are touching instruments later, where they may be less interested," said one band parent, Sean Foote.

And, Foote says, without band, his children's education experience would be much different.

"They're more focused, they have more drive because of the passion they've developed from band. It just kind of carries over to everything else they do," Foote said.

"We don't like any of this. When we first started talking about these potential proposals, everybody agreed, we don't like one bit of this," Granite City Schools Superintendent Jim Greenwald said.

But, the superintendent says, the state of Illinois is forcing the district to make cuts by underfunding schools. So, he's listening to input on where to cut.

"We're looking at everything from top to bottom and everywhere in between to try and be as fair and equal as possible," Greenwald said.

The district is also considering cuts to some athletic and even academic programs. It has encouraged parents to join it in writing letters to state lawmakers to encourage them to save the school from making the cuts.


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