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Music support 'the right thing to do'

May 14, 2013

SINCLAIRVILLE — John Cross, who has taught music at Cassadaga Valley Central School for 32 years, and his colleague Joseph Braeger, who has taught music for 31 years at Cassadaga Valley Central......

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May-15-13 8:12 PM

If sports were cut, I doubt people would want to move into that district, and stopping some from moving away would be another concern.

BOEs thruout this region have been irresponsibly generous over many yrs. Now it's time to pay the price.

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can't, thank a BOE member.

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May-15-13 5:42 PM

Seriously this Superintendent does not care and feels he doesn't answer to you. From the article there were 75+/- people and he brushed you off. Yep that's respect.

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May-14-13 11:07 PM

This superintendent is a major D-bag with absolutely no common sense whatsoever. Why not cut the football team? You could probably fund the music program for a couple of years by cutting one year of football. Face it, CVCS has had many students pursue careers involving music. Can anyone name a single former CVCS athlete that has made it into a career? I didn't think so.....

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May-14-13 10:29 PM

Captain: I am sure that there would be parents mad if sports were cut, but the bottom line is that sports are NON-CURRICULAR and NOT MANDATED...Music education is MANDATED by the state. If money needs to be saved, than the carefree spending of sending a sports team an hour and a half away to play a useless game should be the first place to start the savings. When you cut sports, a teacher loses a stipend but not their full-time job. When you cut music or art, the teacher loses their career. Doesn't seem fair to me.

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May-14-13 10:05 PM

When decision makers do not involve stakeholders in understanding their cuts, the school becomes a house divided that has lost its purpose. There are always solutions to financial problems, but not always willing participants. School Board wins, students lose.

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May-14-13 9:22 PM

musicadvo: don't you think there's gonna be just as many folks (maybe more) who'll be just as angry as you if the BOE cuts sports? Naturally, everyone wants to protect their own special interests. All the years of carefree spending, compounded with runaway health care costs, has led us to the financial problems that most districts are facing today.

Don't look now, but the chickens are finally coming home to roost.

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May-14-13 9:03 PM

I love how when it comes to mandated subjects like music and art, school boards can lay off quality teachers at the expense of the students. However why is the option of cutting the NON-MANDATED and ridiculously expensive sports program NEVER EVER even discussed. Students get their fill of "sports" academically in "physical education", which in itself is a complete joke. SPORTS should be the first thing on the chopping block before cutting teaching professionals. And then, as another poster put it, let the parents of the sports kids pay for their teams equipment and transportation. Music and art are CURRICULAR, sports are NOT....Also this particular superintendent has a hard-on for the music department, because he was a complete and utter failure as a music teacher in his previous school district. So in his short tenure he has chopped half of the music department, with little to no cuts coming from the sports program. Incompetence at its best....

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May-14-13 7:15 PM

It's the right thing to do only if you can afford to do it. Sad as itis the area is declining and cuts and consolidation will be the norm. But hey the unemployment rate is going down! Just lipstick on a pig unfortunatly.

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May-14-13 6:23 PM

This is only the beginning, folks. As public schools throughout the area continue cutting heads and non-mandated courses to pay for rising costs (including union & salary pay raises), it'll cause anyone considering moving into such districts to think not, and those who already live there to move out. This has been going on for quite some time now, in case no one has noticed.

It's not about how valuable music or any other course may be. It all comes down to affordability! The BOE should've thanked Mr Cross for all he's done, then kindly asked him for his alternative proposal that will achieve the same amt of savings.

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May-14-13 1:14 PM

Funny. I seem to remember someone saying a while back that they had money for Administrator raises across the Board. Now no funds? That's odd.......

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May-14-13 12:38 PM

I think there are two possible solutions: 1. Calculate what taxes would be if music left in and ask taxpayers if they want to pay the high tax. 2. All parents of students who participate in music can divide up the cost and pay for it. That would include the teacher's salary and benefits.

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May-14-13 12:13 PM

Based on my observations last night the school board appears to believe that even cuts across the board are what's fair and best for the district, completely ignoring the researched based evidence of the importance of music. Of course they couldn't acknowledge how important the music program is because then they would have to amend the budget and they weren't about to do that. However, they could have thanked Mr. Cross for his personal sacrifice, generosity, and untiring efforts. They could have also applauded Dylyn for standing up and speaking for the students. Unfortunately, it appeared to be an "us vs. them" mentality that prevailed. We were definitely not all in the same boat.

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May-14-13 10:33 AM

I admire the passion Mr. Cross brings to the table, as well as the "out of pocket" spending he's incurred to bring an appreciaton of music and the performing arts to his students.

Our schools would be much better off with more teachers like him, rather than "tenture-protected" individuals just marking time until retirement.

"Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows." - - Napoleon Bonaparte

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May-14-13 7:02 AM

" violating the teaching contract by teaching more sections than required".....and this ladies and gentlemen is what is wrong with the teacher's union and all unions just for openers!!!!!! How do they make the statement "it's for the children." If it was for the children he wouldn't have to break the "rules" to do the right thing!!!!

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