Board will hear band options

"The investigation into possible modifications to the Central Kitsap School District's elementary band program will take its next step tonight, when the school board sees examples of how other school districts conduct the program.Between eight and 10 models will be presented at the meeting, said Director of Elementary Education Allen Hughes, who has been working on the presentation with Steve Chappuis, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.Hughes said the models will include programs that take place during school, after school hours and as an alternative to music education classes.The latter system is already instituted at Cottonwood Elementary within the district, Hughes said, and has been a popular choice.But it's not without its detractions, he said.In the weeks following the presentation of the different examples, Hughes said the board members will have to perform a balancing act between the academic needs of the students and the benefits of musical programs.There's certainly a lot of variables, he said.The board is scheduled to make a decision on the music program April 26.No public input on the issue is scheduled to be accepted tonight. Members of the public will be allowed to voice their opinions at the April 12 meeting at the Jenne-Wright Administration Building. Hughes said he is optimistic that the board will decide on an option that will satisfy most of the parties involved.I would think that they're looking for something that's not going to create huge issues for the community, he said.Tonight's board meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Brownsville Elementary School."

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