May 12--A group of McDowell High School students and parents gathered Sunday to rally against cuts for the McDowell Center for Performing Arts, but Millcreek School Board President Judy Wheaton said no cuts have been proposed for the program at this point.
Amy Tevis, whose daughter is a sophomore in the performing arts program, said students first heard Friday that the CPA might not have a director after this school year due to Millcreek Township School District budget cuts. Tevis said a group of students quickly decided to organize the rally at McDowell Intermediate High School'sLittle Theatre. About 40 students, parents and supporters showed up Sunday afternoon.
"This is a group of kids who are honors and are in AP classes," Tevis said. "And (the CPA) just enhances their education."
But Wheaton said she has not heard anything about eliminating the CPA director job.
Millcreek schools Superintendent William Hall "is looking at everything in the budget process," Wheaton said. "But I doubt very strongly that he's seriously considering cutting that position."
Wheaton said Hall is expected to discuss the 2014-15 budget for the Millcreek Township School District tonight at the board's committee meetings, which start at 6 at the Millcreek Education Center, 3740 W. 26th St.
Tevis said a group of students will attend that meeting to voice their support for the CPA.
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