District officials address concerns about sixth-grade band program
Blackfoot School District officials assured a good-sized group of patrons, many of whom are Blackfoot Band Boosters, that eliminating the Blackfoot Sixth Grade School's band program "never entered their thoughts."
Instead, thanks to a five-year "after school program" grant secured by the district's curriculum director/grant writer Joy Mickelsen, the program will be moved to Mountain View Middle School as an after school program from 2:30-3:25 (and one hour earlier on Mondays). Blackfoot Sixth Grade School (BSGS) will dismiss one hour earlier than in previous years, giving teachers about an hour after school for prep time and professional development.
Mickelsen explained that the grant money, which is over $700,000, will allow the district to take on some extra help from musicians from Idaho State University and BYU-Idaho, thus enhancing the program. Plus, the grant funds will pay for bus transportation for the band students to go from the sixth grade to the middle school, and then home when MVMS dismisses for the day.
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