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Re: "typical" art budget?


Date: Sat Jul 24 2004 - 05:40:35 PDT

I work in a private school, and our LS budget for 392 kids is $10,600.
I also usually get approval for a capital budget item or two each year
(projector, new shelving, new stools last year, etc.) There is a
$1,000. budget for our art a la carte parent volunteer program. My
department head usually offers me some money each year to add to our
metals program in the way of tools, etc. When we have special projects,
such as our tile walls that we added to the outside of our LS and the
tile amphitheater steps, those projects are funded from God, I think,
lol. In addition to this faculty are encouraged to use funds for
faculty development. Each summer I either take a class at the Museum
School, or go to Arrowmont, or Penland, or something like that. While
this is a great budget situation, there is another private school in
town with an endowment that must be a bottomless pit. ALL new
buildings, STATE OF THE ART everything, their art teacher has NO budget,
and she truly takes advantage of it with the types of projects she
does...HUGE gourds painted in acrylics by 5th graders, glaze cabinets
that look like a glaze store (what color DOESN"T she buy???), etc. I
asked her what her budget was when I visited her school and she said she
doesn't have a budget, so there's an example of what no budget looks
like. I am held to my budget, but if something really special (great
field trip that costs $$$) comes up, my principal usually finds fund
somewhere for us. Oh, this other school I was talking about...their
teachers retire with full salary and health benefits for life!! That's
the biggest pie in the sky I've heard of.