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RE: Budgets for teaching art

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Mark Alexander (mamjam)
Sun, 9 Nov 1997 22:57:46 -0500

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I have to teach on a cart, I don't have a place I can grade papers during
my plan periods, I have supplies stashed in other classrooms and in the
nurse's room which makes them difficult to get at sometimes, but I do get a
really good budget. This is a public schools, which has 130 total k-8
students and I get $3000 per year for the art program. I don't have trouble
spending it, either. For that I'm expected to share supplies like colored
paper, tempera paints, modeling clay and ceramic clay with the classroom
teachers. I hide the good stuff as well as I can, but I leave out the cheap
paper, the opened temperas, etc. kind of like a rabbit garden. It works ok.
I don't complain.

Mark Alexander, 1-8 Art
Lee H. Kellogg School
47 Main Street
Falls Village, Connecticut 06031

At 9:51 PM 11/9/97, DEBBI CRANE wrote:
>I teach art in rural southern Indiana, and we get three dollars per year
>per child for art supplies. In some schools, the PTO also gives each
>teacher 100.00 per year to purchase additional stuff. I only buy books
>with my own money, books that I intend to keep when I leave, move or
>change jobs.
>Just thought I'd share...
>From: Brenda Bain[SMTP:brenda_b]
>Sent: Sunday, November 02, 1997 9:14 AM
>Subject: Re: Budgets for teaching art
>A big DITTO here on the art budget blues. A lot of great suggestions, but
>I would also like to add a word of caution - Be careful when you spend your
>own money on your art program. My administrator learned quickly that I
>would use my own money. She knew the students were getting a quality art
>program, and she was saving money. My budget never improved.
>I still spend my own money, but only on things that can go with me when I
>leave, books, prints, slides, videos, etc. Also when the classroom
>teachers send to my room for art supplies I let them know about my limited
>budget. I tell them that I can trade supplies, but that I cannot give them
>anything. They are usually appalled at my lack of budget. They get $10 per
>year per student for classroom supplies. I get $1.
> Brenda Bain
> Art Teacher
> St. John Elementary, Quincy, FL
> Doctoral Student, Art Ed., FSU

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