I am afraid I have heard many, many cases where principals allot minimal (or
worse) funds for the arts. I worked at a school where the principal gave me
a flat $300.00 per year for over 300 kids.
Now, I work with a principal that allows me to spend $800.00 - $1,000.00 per
year for 300 students. I also write grants that supplement my funds. Our PTO
and Educational Foundation often kick in extra $$$ throughout the year if we
need more materials. I have an annual ART MART art sale (artwork donated by
local community art galleries, parents who are artists, children, anyone)
that clears about $500.00 very year.
It really DOES start with the principal. IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH $$$ THEY CAN
"FIND" IF THEY WANT TO.
I wish you good luck and more funds.