Through a partnership with the
The district's school board cut the program in 2011 to save money.
"It's about time it's coming back," Holmes said Thursday. "We need it, and it's something we should have kept."
Holmes said he is hoping the promise of a performing-arts program will also grab the attention of students at
Program: Holmes said the institute will resemble the previous program but will be "bigger and better."
The district will use its own performing-arts space as well as classrooms and dance space at the Strand, he said.
"We'd love to have a huge enrollment in that program," he said.
Details are still being worked out, he said. The district's school board has not yet passed its 2014-15 budget but must do so by
Holmes said he hopes to hire music, dance, voice and drama coaches, who will be paid by stipends similar to sports coaches.
Few attend: Thursday's meeting was designed as a "town hall" for parents, particularly those with children in
But attendance turned out to be only school board members, district staff and reporters.
Holmes said he intends to continue reaching out to parents regardless. A second town hall meeting is scheduled for
"We're hoping that we can show that this is a good place to send their kids," Holmes said. "It's not the same district that it was when they left."
Holmes held Thursday's meeting at Hannah Penn, a former middle school that will re-open as a K-8 school in the fall. That will require some redistricting, and parents should come to the
The district is aiming to notify parents of new geographical boundaries for its seven K-8 schools before the academic year ends, he said.
To ease the transition for former
Each student new to the building will be assigned to a staff member who will meet with the student weekly.
"It's someone for them to talk to, someone for them to go to to share concerns," Holmes said. "We want a soft place for kids to land."
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