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Possible school program cuts upset some parents


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) – Some parents in Decatur County say the Board of Education is trying to eliminate elementary school art programs without consulting the public.

They say the Board of Education will cut the programs during a special called meeting Wednesday night. Parents say the board is not allowing them to participate or have a voice when it comes to the budget that comes from their tax-paying dollars.

"Research is showing that a lot of the young people who are lacking confidence in their academics, maybe having problems at home, even some of our special needs students can use art as an opportunity to express themselves," says Meredith Runkle, a concerned parent.

"And it gives them the opportunity to correlate with other subjects."

The board says they have not yet made a decision regarding art programs and are just looking at ways to stay within budget for the upcoming school year.

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