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McKinney eyes band program for Nettle Creek

Certified band instructor already on school’s staff

The Board of Education at Nettle Creek Community Consolidated School District 24C is looking into the possibility of starting a band program in the district.

At the board’s meeting Monday night, District Superintendent Dr. Don McKinney asked the board members if they had ever considered a band program for Nettle Creek.

“Would you be willing to entertain the possibility of band at Nettle Creek?” McKinney asked the board members.

No one on the board argued with the idea, but there were concerns there may not be enough students interested and about the costs the district would encounter. McKinney said he would send home a survey to find out who would want to participate if the program were started.

A current teacher at Nettle Creek is already a certified band instructor, the superintendent explained to the board. By adding the program, that teacher would just be needed in the building one more day each week.

A new teacher would not need to be hired.

Instruments would be funded by the parents of children participating, McKinney said. Those parents would rent the instruments for their children or purchase them.

The superintendent said he will start by gathering interest information and by speaking with the possible band teacher to see if the program would start in fourth or fifth grade.

“I think you’d be pleasantly surprised at the interest level,” board member Ted Ergo said. “Remember the talent show we did a few years ago and the guitarist we had and the kids that played?”

The board also discussed academic benefits for children who learn music.

More information was to be provided to the board members before the November meeting.

In other matters Tuesday, the Board of Education at Nettle Creek approved the following:

• The district’s audit and annual financial report for the 2011-2012 school year. 

• The hiring of Marissa Darlington and Katy Hester as co-cheerleading coaches.

• The hiring of Julie Walsh as a lunch aide.

• Dr. Diane Cepela to evaluate McKinney in his role as principal of Nettle Creek.

• The addition of fourth-grade students to play boys’ basketball.

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