Fees proposed for Reynoldsburg music programs
The Reynoldsburg City Schools administration have recommended participation fees for band, orchestra and choir programs.
The Board of Education is expected to act on the recommendations at its meeting on June 16. As part of $11 million in budget reductions after the failure of last month’s operating levy, the proposed fees are intended to fully support all costs associated with co-curricular music programs.
Music classes - like art and physical education - have been eliminated in grades kindergarten through 6. The middle school band, orchestra and choir programs also have been eliminated. The junior high and high schools will continue general music classes in addition to the fee-based co-curricular band, orchestra and choir programs.
The fees are designed to cover the district’s expenses for supplemental contracts and transportation to events. They will not include any costs the school district did not previously pay for, such as uniforms and special events.
Co-curricular music programs require students to participate in performances and competitions outside the school day. The administration will reassign the district’s remaining music teachers to positions in the junior high school and high school. The administration is currently interviewing candidates for the high school marching band director position.