Music lovers continue to fight Vancouver School Board

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      The band and strings programs are continuing to fight the closure of the Elementary band and strings program.

      The VSB announced on April 8 that it had a budget shortfall of $12.34 million and submitted a number of proposals to balance the budget. These proposals included cutting the continuing education program and decreasing the number of school days each year, among others.

      One of the recommendations made was to eliminate the band and strings program for a savings of $630,651. An alternative suggested was to increase the annual student fee for the band from $25 to $250. This option, however, would still leave a deficit.

      There have been three meetings so far to gather opinions from the public, but supporters are still fighting. There will be a rally April 22 at 5 p.m. at the Vancouver School Board office to protest.