Fort Davis ISD Cuts Art and Band Programs 2/11/14
CBS 7 News
February 11, 2014
FORT DAVIS-In just a few months, students attending Fort Davis Junior High and Fort Davis High School will have to turn in their instruments and put down their paintbrushes.
Beginning next fall, these secondary schools will no longer be able to afford to keep their arts and band programs due to budget cuts.
Board members made the decision during last night’s school board meeting.
The districts superintendent, Judi Whitis, says the decision was very difficult for the board to make, but something needed to be cut in order for them to try and keep their district ran locally, and not by the state.
Patty Moreland is a substitute art teacher for the district, and says it's ironic being that Fort Davis is known for its art, but understands why the board had to make the cuts.
"We’ve got to do something. Maybe the citizens will wake up and realize we need to do something to try and raise more money to keep our school running," said Moreland.
Manny Tercero’s daughter is involved in both programs and is shocked to see these programs go.
"If the whole community got together, I’m sure we can help one way or another," said Tercero.
Whitis says they will still offer a wide variety of other extra curricular courses, but action needed to be taken to help resolve their $703,000 deficit.
But many people in the community, including Patty and Manny, remain hopeful.
"We can’t rely on the state at this time, so we need to figure out how to do it ourselves, and it will be done," said Moreland.
“This change isn’t forever,” said Whitis, who hopes to work closely with those in the community in coming up with solutions to help fix their current financial struggles.