Musical staff

School district to cut music, staff

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) – Students and teachers protested and fought to keep music in the classrooms. But in the end, council members voted to cut some elementary school music programs in Mount Diablo.

The district cuts will affect music programs for fourth graders.

Board members cited budget issues and declining enrollment for their decision.

The district is cutting 60 staff members, including music teachers.

The decision came just hours after parents, students and teachers gathered at Monte Gardens Elementary School.

Cars were covered with signs and groups of students blared their instruments.

They echoed the importance of music programs.

But some feel that music programs are being targeted when the district plans to cut certain programs.

The district teachers’ union is also seeking raises.

The president of the Mount Diablo Education Association tells KRON that the district has 200 vacancies and those positions could be filled with competitive salaries.

Many more voiced their concerns – as they lashed out at board members at the meeting.

The district has made up its mind and music programs are going to be cut in some elementary schools.