Thursday is sixth-grader Brad Stonebraker’s favorite day of the week. Brad plays saxophone in the school’s orchestra at Valley View Elementary School, one of five campuses where band and orchestra teacher Deneil Jurado works every week.
“The back of my car is my office,” she said. “I got an SUV just for all the instruments.”
The program relies on four teachers who work at five elementary schools. The classes, like bus transportation at Clark Magnet High School or a host of other programs and expenses, are on a list of potential cuts the Board of Education continues to consider.
Board members must close a $18.5 million deficit by July 2013 or face greater regulation and intervention by state supervisors.
State law requires that school districts maintain balanced budgets every year for three consecutive years.
“So far, what the board has said is that they understand the importance of art education and how it promotes and enhances education and the academic achievement of all students,” said Katherine Thorossian, the assistant superintendent for educational services. “They have tried to maintain it, and will continue to maintain it for as long as possible.”