Board votes to restore elementary music program
Bowing to a campaign led by teachers and parents, the Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to return an instrumental music program to elementary schools.
The school board voted 3-2 in favor of a 1998-99 school year budget that includes $295,200 for the music program.
Board members Robert L. Kline, Andrew Humphreys and B. Marie Byers voted for the $108.5 million budget. Members Edwin Hayes and Doris J. Nipps voted against the spending plan.
Nipps and Hayes declined to comment on the budget after the meeting.
To fund the instrumental music program, and some other unfunded projects, board members shifted $415,159 that had been earmarked to pay for installation of a wide area network for Internet service in the district's schools. They also increased the budget's bottom line by $274,000 over a previous budget proposal.