“The arts and music in the elementary and those programs were the only things that were taken away during those tough times,” said Mellon. “We are planning to add those programs. Really, we did not eliminate the elementary music, we just turned it into a half-time position. We hope to add some middle school programs to the vocal music side.”
He believes that the funding loss has hit a plateau and those programs can be brought back and help enrich the education options at the elementary school.
The West Central School Corporation has lost over $1 million in funding in the past couple of years due to the elimination of small school grants and other grants that helped keep the schools in good financial shape.