Fortuna High School Expected to Keep Music Department After Students, Parents, Staff and Music Boosters Speak in Support
Fortuna High School Band News:
On Tuesday, August , 2017, Fortuna High School Board Meeting was attended by over thirty individual student, staff, parent and music boosters asking the board to direct Mr. Clint Duey, Principal to refrain from cutting the remaining three sections of band from the 2017/2018 class schedule. Stating budget constraints, the option to cut band from 6 periods to 3 periods was proposed last March when enrollment for the proposed courses dropped from the needed 80 to120 students to a mere 45 students enrolling. The current band director, Dr. Sarah McClimon took a job elsewhere. Without a qualified teacher, the music department was set to dissolve completely. Mr. Duey pointed out that no qualified music instructors are available due to teacher shortages, availability, credentialing issues and 3/5th offering. Audience members implored the board to consider the silence at football games, pep rallies, homecoming, parades, Christmas and community outreaches without music. Students asked that a long term substitute be put in place on Monday, August 14, rather than rearrange already set class schedules and class numbers by distributing the 45 enrolled music students to other elective courses. Other options explored were asking for current teachers to fill in on their prep periods during 3rd, 4th and 5th period when the courses are currently scheduled. Audience members were moved to tears explaining they were third and fourth generation music persons at FHS. Board members were moved as well, asking Duey to work a miracle, and stating they expected he would.