Fifth grade music staff, schedule spark a debate

The Antigo school board preserved a full-time instrumental music position, but it appears that fifth-grade band will still be relegated to an after-school program starting in fall.

At its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, the nine-member board rebuffed recommendations from its administrative staff and voted to reinstated a full-time instrumental music position that had been targeted for reduction to half-time. The issue was raised following the retirement of Carol Schafer this spring.

The vote came following a lengthy—and confusing—discussion over the need for a full-time teacher and the future of fifth grade band. Final vote was 5-4. Opposed were Board President Mike Boldig, Scott Jensema, Tim Fuller and Jessica Meade.

Full story: Antigo Daily Journal

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