Due to budget constraints, the 5th grade band and orchestra offerings at all District 191 elementary schools will be discontinued after the 2018-19 school year. The change is not one that anyone in the school district wanted to make, recognizing that these programs are valued by our families and valuable for our students. Unfortunately, our funding from the state and federal government has not kept up with costs - leaving us with an projected $7 million deficit next year - so not all programs and services can be maintained.
We will continue to have music education for all elementary students as part of our specialist rotation.
Band and orchestra at the middle school levels were protected in the 2019-20 budget, and will continue to be available in the same format as before: elective classes during the school day with performance opportunities throughout the school year.