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Letter: Vote Yes to School Bond

The Garden City community has the opportunity to significantly improve the education of our children by casting your vote on Oct. 27 in favor of the proposed school bond referendum. One of the many issues covered in the bond are significant improvements to the music program at the high school. You may not be aware that there is no classroom available at the high school for the bands to hold their instruction and practice.

Consequently, the band classes have been held in the auditorium. Unfortunately, these students are “bumped” whenever there is a presentation or assembly, which requires use of the stage. Valuable instruction time is wasted to relocate students and faculty to other less desirable locations that have included the library, and even the hallways. Instructors waste precious classroom time reconfiguring and moving equipment, and instruments to hold class. It is unfair to students who require use of the library, as well as our musicians.

The proposed bond will create a long overdue solution to this burdensome problem for our students by relocating and expanding the music programs. It will provide more classroom time for our students and enable them to practice together or in small groups as the need arises. The auditorium will become more available for rehearsals of the middle school and elementary schools during their holiday concerts, if the high school band classes are not being held there. Additionally, the bond provides for a multipurpose room at Homestead School to be used for music and art.

On behalf of the Garden City Friends of Music, we support the proposed school bond referendum and encourage all residents to vote “yes” on Oct. 27, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Garden City High School gymnasium.

Linda Martinez

President

Garden City Friends of Music