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Lesson Plans

budget and preps

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Sears, Ellen (
Mon, 11 Oct 1999 09:56:36 -0400

for my first job - I had 1200 students and $350 - but the teachers and
principals for the most part were very excited and happy to have art for the
first time -

the next year I went to the richest district in the state - 350 students and
$1200... and I'm still here - we had one principal that really appreciated
the arts (I am on my 4th principal in 18 years) - those were my best growth
years -

Two years ago I had every student for art (now 450), K-8 - 21 classes a
week... their time had been cut from 1 hour to 45 minutes - middle school
had 6 weeks of art... last year a part time teacher was hired, I went to 4 -
8... middle school was increased to 12 weeks - $3500 budget for all art
(+$1000 anonymous gift and $1000 from the PTA)

This year - the new principal has reduced time for middle school - and
enlarged the class sizes so that the core teachers can have common
planning... The 4&5 students have increased their time - and another part
time elementary teacher was hired (some primary students could have 5 hours
of art in 2 weeks) but its not because the principal values the arts - it so
that team teachers can have common planning (which if documented - we would
find how little it is used for that)...

But our budget went to $4500 ($10/student) ,and we will receive the $1000
gift again, and for the first time I was allowed to access textbook funds
(before all prints etc. came out of the budget)

I have 4 classes a day - the same classes everyday for 3 weeks, and then an
entirely new group - 4 classes a day, 4 hours!!! 2 hours
planning/collaboration -