Philipsburg-Osceola is looking to add a new music teacher to the mix.
The district stepped the department down by one at the end of last school year when the high school band teacher resigned. The board elected to not fill the void and restructure the remaining positions at the two elementaries and the middle school to cover classes in all four buildings. But Superintendent Gregg Paladina sees room for improvement.
On Tuesday, he asked the board to approve a part-time music position for the remainder of the school year, primarily to cover instrumental lessons for secondary students, particularly seventh- and eighth-graders. Paladina attributed the move to the complexities of implementing changes in the department while also negotiating the opening of the new middle school. He hopes to see the position would only be necessary for this school year.
“It will really be a boost for the music program,” he said.
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The move passed unanimously.
Parents of music students, who were concerned when the full-time position was eliminated, were pleased. Instrumental lessons were a particular area of concern when the board made the cut.
“We’re happy,” said Lois Rea.
Parents had intended to ask the board to add a position and were pleasantly surprised to have the superintendent make the suggestion first.