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North Valley Protests Music Program Cuts

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Students and alumni of North Valley High School are protesting planned cuts to their music program. Students and parents gathered today at the Three Rivers District Office to voice their opposition.

Students and alumni of North Valley High School are protesting planned cuts to their music program. Students and parents gathered today at the Three Rivers District Office to voice their opposition.

They say district budget cuts would force out the current director of their free design music program, Joshua Seitz. They also say it would mean slight cuts in the amount of music and arts classes the school is able to offer.

“It sort of opens the door for them to make further cuts in the future, and it sort of gives the impression that North Valley really doesn’t care about one of our best departments,” North Valley Students Lee Belcher and Anna Patch say.

The free design program has been part of North Valley High for 36 years. The students say they hope the protest will allow them to get a meeting with the superintendent and school board to discuss the cuts. The next school board meeting is planned for June 17th.

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  1. Sarah Givens says:

    Almost every parent I’ve spoken to, who has had a student in a fine arts program, has expressed amazement on how much the program has done for their student in terms of confidence and grades. This program is the non-sports version of a sports program – it builds character, it builds confidence, it builds teamwork, it builds a sense of camaraderie, it builds on responsibility, and teaches prioritization and focus. What’s sad is that these kids, many of them outbound seniors, are dedicated to raising funds to make up the shortfall to save the program and thus far, no one has taken them seriously.

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