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The band program will get an infusion of cash for the next couple of years, thanks to a decision by members of the Campbellsville Independent School Board on Monday.
Band Director Zach Shelton had asked the Board to consider providing $2,000 per year for the next five years to help him begin a program that would provide instruments to students who would like to be in band.
"We have 33 kids signed up to march this fall," Shelton said.
He said his intention is to model the Campbellsville program after an Indiana school's band program. That school, he said, provides instruments to interested students for a fee of $50 per year, which covers repairs and reeds and oils for the instruments.
Shelton said it's not uncommon for used instruments to cost as much as $300 for a trumpet and $800 to $900 for a saxophone.
"Having just this $50 fee will allow more students to participate," he said.
Shelton also described a new program at Campbellsville Middle School in which all fifth-grade students take a band class in a rotation with other classes.
"As far as I know, it's the first of its kind in Kentucky."
Superintendent Mike Deaton recommended to the Board that it set aside $3,000 per year for the next two years and then re-evaluate the band program. Board members agreed.
While the money allocated to the band program isn't exactly what Shelton asked for, he said he is pleased.
"I actually received more per year than originally expected," he said. "The two-year time period will allow for adequate time to see the effects.
"I am excited to see what is possible."
The Board also approved a $1,000 stipend for a flag instructor during the fall marching season.
All District employees will be getting a 1 percent increase in base salary this fall.
Finance Director Chris Kidwell said it has been several years since an increase has been given.
The 2011-2012 tentative budget totals $11.7 million and includes a 1 percent match for the Kentucky Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan. Kidwell said funding is proposed at $3,903, though that amount could change. The budget also includes a contingency fund of $680,000 or 5.8 percent of the total budget.
Also at the meeting:
Campbellsville Independent Schools
Aug. 2 Opening day for teachers and staff
Aug. 3 First day for students
Sept. 5 Holiday (Labor Day)
Sept. 23 Teacher work day
Sept. 30 Professional development
Oct. 3-7 Fall break
Nov. 7 School dismissed (Regional KEA)
Nov. 8 Election Day
Nov. 23 Professional development
Nov. 24 Holiday (Thanksgiving)
Nov. 25 School dismissed
Dec. 19-30 Winter break
Jan. 2 Return from break
Jan. 16 Holiday (Martin Luther King Day)
Jan. 27 Teacher work day
Feb. 17 Teacher work day
Feb. 20 Holiday (President's Day)
March 23 Teacher work day
March 30 Professional development
April 2-6 Spring break
May 16 Last day for students