A crowd of parents and faculty petitioned the Sheridan County School District #1's Board of Trustees regarding the proposed cuts to the school's art program.
These cuts would mean that some students get only 30 minutes of art weekly. Superintendent Marty Kobza said the reductions are necessary to keep standardized test scores high in a tight economy.
There will still be limited art sections at the high school level, but fewer sections would mean some students would have to choose art over music or advanced math courses. Spencer Porden, a high school student, said he would consider changing schools if the cut is finalized.
Kris Korfanta, a parent, was one of many passionate speakers who said the board should not act without considering the community's strong feelings.
The board patiently listened to each case brought forward, and indicated a decision will be made at a later date.