All students to get lessons in the arts

first_imgBURBANK – Every student in the city’s public schools will receive lessons in the arts with the Burbank Unified School District board’s unanimous approved of the “Arts for All” project, which boosts funding by $430,000. Officials say the plan is a blueprint for incorporating dance, drama, music and visual arts into the curriculum for grades kindergarten through 12. It’s part of a countywide strategy to boost arts education in public schools. “I’m looking forward to making sure that the work that we’ve now put onto paper … is put into action,” board president Paul Krekorian said after Thursday night’s vote. “We do have a way to go, but we’re already way ahead of where most districts are.” Deputy Superintendent Alexis Sheehy said much work went into the plan, which was boosted by a $50,000 donation by Warner Bros. Other Los Angeles-area businesses have contributed money to the program, Sheehy said. “There’s a lot of talented kids who deserve to have money to fund their talents and their learning abilities,” said Katie Trimble, 17, a senior at John Burroughs High School, where she is the vocal music president of choirs. “Not only are you learning a lot of new things, but you’re making lifelong friendships out of it. Arts is a lot more important than a lot of people realize.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We have a lot going on for us,” she said. “We’re very proud of the plan. It’s really in good shape.” Effective the second semester of 2006, school officials will hire a part-time visual and performing arts teacher to coordinate the program, and four elementary music specialists, in addition to buying more arts materials and other supplies. The school district now spends $1.8 million a year for arts – about 1.8 percent of its total budget. About $1.7 million of that goes to teacher salaries, while $100,000 goes for supplies. Under the new plan, the school district will increase the arts budget to slightly more than $2 million. The money will come from a combination of boosters, endowments, a foundation and the Parent Teachers Association. last_img

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