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Re: Art Budget and More

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Gina Booth (
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 11:07:39 -0600 (CST)

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> Let me play Devil's Advocate a bit. As many of you know I recently became
> an assistant principal. Now that I've got my foot in the water on the other
> side, I am able to see the big picture. Of course you all realize that
> schools aren't rolling in the money and it has to be budgeted very tightly.
> When making budget decisions, I ask myself if it will help in a child's
> education. If yes, then I ask myself how many children it will help and to
> what extent. . In my own
> particular school, however, the music teacher is using her money much more
> wisely and I see it benefit more students.

This brings to mind another point I think should be made in this
discussion of arts budgets.

One year my students luckily won several hundred dollars in award money
that went to the art dept. Just after that I was told my next years
budget would be cut by that amount since "this year is a terrible budget

I have since heard from other teachers that their art budgets were cut
too when they started winning some major award money in state contests.

Iwas very resentful, feeling as though the prize money should
go for something special( I spend it on art history prints to put on
classroom walls and have referred to them for years now.) If I am ever a
part of any group giving out award money I believe I would put a
stipulation on it that the school's money will not be given should the
budget be cut the following year. (I doubt it could be enforced but at
least it would be a detriment to administrators looking to save money
who perhaps justify the cut to art dept. since other money became available.)

Unfortunately the second true fact from my story is that, surprize, my
budget was never restored. It did not end up
being a one year cut at all. (There has been no increase in years.)
The principal resigned unexpectedly and the new principal said everyones
budgets were frozen. She has since raised budgets for those she programs
she prefers.

Since the above occured I have often wished I could replay those events.
I should have fought the point more, never agreed to the
temporary cut, or have insisted on a promise in writing of the
restoration, although that would have been very bold of me as a mere

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