Schools seek funds, teachers for fine arts

Shenandoah County Public Schools has sent funding requests to the School Board for the 2016-2017 budget for needed instrument repairs and event fees.

Chadwick Hensley, director of elementary education, said the request includes membership fees, all-state participation fees, instrument repairs, assessment fees and event registration.

“The need in funding allocations may increase or decrease based on the programmatic needs, such as, instrument repair, instrument purchasing, music, and so on,” he said.

Currently, the music program is allocated $16,500 for instrument repair and membership dues; $6,900 for the All-County event; $13,500 for the summer fine arts program; and $185 for students who qualify for All-State band, chorus and choir.

He added that staffing is a concern for the program as well.

There are 14 music teachers, 8 1/2 art teachers, 4 1/2 theater arts teachers working in the fine arts program.

“At this time, there is a need for instructors at various campuses to provide equity of programs throughout the county,” he said, “Additionally, there is a need for additional art and music programs at both W.W. Robinson Elementary and Sandy Hook Elementary due to large enrollments.”

Hensley noted that there are 708 students in band, 301 students in orchestra, 580 students in choir, 65 students in guitar, 1,033 students taking art, 575 students in drama, 2,883 students in elementary art, and 2,883 students in elementary music.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com