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Petitioners ask county to pay music teachers for extracurricular events

February 04, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

Before Saturday night's All County band concert, Kim Austin collected signatures for a petition to allow additional compensation for instrumental music instructors who organize and attend extracurricular functions.

Austin's petition asks the Washington County Board of Education and the Washington County Teachers Association to enact the proposal. The time is not compensated currently, Austin said.

Austin cited sporting events, community parades and concert performances as some of the extracurricular activities that music instructors are expected to attend. These activities are "above and beyond" the job description, Austin said.

"We feel as citizens that we cannot afford to lose these highly qualified teachers to numerous counties and states that offer incentives," she said.

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Saturday night was the first time she tried to collect signatures, Austin said. By 7 p.m., she had a few hundred signatures, she said.

Austin wants band booster organizations countywide to help collect signatures, and eventually would like to present the Board of Education with thousands of signatures on the petition.

Austin chairs the Boonsboro High School Citizens Advisory Council and has a son in the school's band, she said.

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