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Iowa City School District to cut music offerings, foreign language to solve budget problems

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The Iowa City school board laid out its plan to solve their $3.6 million dollar budget short fall, by cutting some of their music offerings, foreign language classes, including others.

Board officials say they've been working on this budget solution since last fall and wanted to avoid impacting the classroom learning as much as possible.

However music teachers in the district and parents say altering the string instrument offerings, is hurting students’ learning.

Lauren Trolley, an instrumental music teacher says administrators see it as very minor because of the great music program the district has.

“’We’re just going to take one year, it’ll never be missed,’” said Toloey. “While yes seems like cutting one year is pretty minor, it will actually impact the students at all levels because they have to make a choice the first year, without trying the other instruments."

This will mean a change in the year that students can begin taking orchestra.

Currently students in fourth-grade can take string instrument classes, but with the budget cut it will shift that to fifth grade, also making class sizes bigger.

Tuesday night was the first time district officials revealed their cuts to the public, but they say the decision was not easy.

Originally the district was looking at cutting more than 30 teacher positions come the next academic school year, but district officials say they didn’t have to layoff any teacher positions to achieve their goal.

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