Group saves school music program for one semester

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Teacher Erinn Mitchell led the class last year.

The music program at the Hollister School District will continue
operating
– at least for more one semester – after members of the Save the
Music Drive donated $34,000 to the district during its board of
trustees meeting last week.
The music program at the Hollister School District will continue operating – at least for more one semester – after members of the Save the Music Drive donated $34,000 to the district during its board of trustees meeting last week.

The district agreed to keep the program running – and continue employing the instructor of the Rancho-Maze middle school band – after officials came to an agreement with the Save the Music Drive boosters to keep it alive on a semester-by-semester basis.

School district leaders terminated the elementary music program in December after the district was faced with heavy cuts because of a $5.5 million budget deficit between now and 2013. Despite the cuts to the elementary program, the middle school teacher was faced with a layoff because of seniority rights.

As part of the agreement, the district will offer the Rancho-Maze band teacher, Erinn Mitchell, a one-semester temporary contract. Before the beginning of the spring 2012 semester – around mid-December – the booster drive is expected to give another check of $34,000, Save the Music Drive booster Anthony Ortega said.

See the full story in the Free Lance on Tuesday.

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