Garden City School Board rejects removal of fifth grade band

Meghan Flynn
Garden City Telegram
Flags blow in the wind outside the USD 457 Educational Support Center, 1205 N. Fleming St.

USD 457 Board of Education rejected the removal of fifth grade band and orchestra at Monday's regular Board meeting. 

The board decided to not follow staff's recommendation to remove the course.

It's an elective course which meets every other day, alternating with physical education. In the course, students are introduced to instruments and learn the beginning skills to play them. 

The request for the deletion of the course came due to bussing students from Abe Hubert, Plymell and Jennie Barker schools. The classes are at large and hard to accommodate in buildings. 

In addition the recommendation to remove the course also stated that the students who are bussed in miss core instruction and the band concerts are too large for the K-6 facilities. 

The effect of removing the course would have been offering band and orchestra as an Encore class to sixth grade students. The course would have met every day and class sizes would have been smaller. 

The written recommendation states that meeting every day would make up for the missed year of instruction. 

In other business: 

  • Girls wrestling was discussed and a decision was tabled until the Board's next meeting on May 24. 
  • The Lean SEL Advisory Facilitator job description was revised. 
  • CTE textbooks were approved. 
  • Para-professional positions were approved with use of ESSER funding. Garden City High School would receive four additional paras; PreK-6 would receive 14 additional paras, one for per building; middle schools would receive two additional paras; and Garden City Alternative Education Center would receive an additional two paras.