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Re: [teacherartexchange] Budget survey


From: jjennifer west (jenniferjoycewest_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Oct 08 2009 - 12:34:55 PDT

thank you for your advice, but I actually DO need numbers because I'm being asked for "what I need" and I've never been in this situation before. I am also in a large district with two other middle schools and there are some equity concerns. I have also been told that I CANNOT solicit money from families because we are mostly a title one school and in a public school district. The promises were also made last year, and it was not that long ago. This is unfortunately a case of bad/or lack of planning despite warnings and an obvious lack of knowledge concerning what is required to run a basic art program. Thanks for your thoughts.

--- On Thu, 10/8/09, Sidnie Miller <> wrote:

> From: Sidnie Miller <>
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Budget survey
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 9:45 AM
> I don't think it will do you any good
> to quote statistics--we are in an world wide situation and
> money is really scarce.  When your principal made
> promises, things were different.  Calif. is famous for
> its lack of financial responsibility.   I
> would suggest you find ways to work with your piddly
> budget---Get a $20 lab fee from year long students and $10
> for the explores.  Ask for contributions from
> parents--get a list of things you want/need and send it
> home.  We raise money constantly by face painting,
> painting windows downtown at holidays, doing jobs around
> school (signs=$50)  We also sell snacks--nutritious by
> state requrements. 
> >>> jjennifer west <>
> 10/7/2009 8:10 PM >>>
> Hi all,
> I'm sorry that I don't usually participate more actively in
> these on-line conversations, but I have been an active
> lurker for over ten years:) (participating
> sporadically).  Over that time I have worked all over
> the country and most recently over the past several years I
> have been teaching art in Santa Monica, CA.  I love my
> job, but budget has all of a sudden become a HUGE
> issue.  The program was completely supported by grant
> money (for the last two years), and now that the grant money
> has been used, no other monetary support has taken it's
> place.  While my principal "talks the talk" about
> supporting the arts, understanding how important they are,
> blah, blah, blah, she gave me a middle school budget of
> $300.00 for the entire school year.  This is the same
> principal who begged me to purchase a kiln (with a large
> portion of the grant money) and promised me that when the
> grant ran out she would make sure I continued to receive the
> money necessary
> to incorporate a ceramics section into the arts
> curriculum.  I am now faced with number questions, and
> I am searching high and low for statistics, but am having a
> hard time finding them regarding budgets.  Can I get
> some art budget numbers please?  I teach middle school
> visual art, and they expect me to teach everything (such as
> crafts, painting, ceramics, drawing, you name it).  I
> have two year long classes of dedicated young artists and
> three "exploratory wheel" classes that rotate through about
> every 12-18 weeks.  I would really appreciate anyone's
> numbers in terms of what their district/school spends per
> child or on the visual art department as a whole. 
> Also, if anyone has any specific links to sites that show
> monetary numbers necessary to sustain an art program (not
> just art advocacy, but those that give specific numbers
> regarding spending per child) I would really appreciate it.
> Thanks for any help!
> Jen West
> Art Teacher, Santa Monica, CA
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