Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Important Meetings... Notice from Nancy Dillen re: Art in Elementary Schools

It is time for an ARTEL (Art in Elementary Schools) revival! Nancy Dillen is sending this to ask for your support of the Brevard County Public School’s Elementary Art Program. She just found out the county superintendent Dr. Binggeli has proposed a 25 item budget cut for 2014-15.

 Summary Visual Art Program Cuts:
Line items #9  Reduces Fine Arts Support 15%  (     $60,000)
Line item 21  Eliminates 55 Elementary Art Teacher Positions 
(Includes a Reduction of 0.5 Unit Gererated at each School Based on FTE) ($2,909,981)
Eliminates 1 Art Resource Art Teacher (     $58,675)

This cut will take effect before the November vote to increase the 1/2 cent sales tax for the schools. (I understand that BPS anticipates an increase in state revenue funding to happen in May 2014, and that there's a very good chance the elementary art teachers will be "safe"…….. The question is why put out this list if they aren't considering the cuts seriously?)  

There will be 3 area Community Forums open to the public to find out what is planned and for public comments. See attached.
ARTEL Organizational meeting:
Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Satellite Beach Public Library from 6-7:45 p.m.

Community Forums dates of the  are: February 13, 2014
6:30 -8:00
Bayside High School Auditorium

February 17, 2014
6:30 – 8:00
Viera High School Auditorium

February 27, 2014
6:30 – 8:00
Astronaut High School

If you have friends that would be interested in joining us, please let them know about this important meeting and the community forums!

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