Though the Monroe County Community School Corporation did not reach its $750,000 fundraising goal for the extra-curricular activities, officials say the news is not all bad.
Executive Director, for the Foundation of Monroe County Community School Corporation says the 45 day campaign was a challenging one, but the outpour of community support pushed them closer to the funding goal. “As excited as we are about $675, 000 we would have been even more excited with $750,000, only because we have 400 coaches and sponsors who deserve 100 percent of their compensation.”
The 90 percent of the final goal will be allocated evenly throughout the district to the ECA sponsors. MCCSC, Superintendent Dr. J.T. Coopman says this has been a tough a year, and he hopes this doesn’t become a yearly concern. “From my perspective this was a onetime only situation, and that’s where the referendum becomes so important, because we’re asking for a six year referendum amount up to 7.5 million dollars.
Some of the educators overseeing the corporation’s extra-curricular activities and the students participating in them say while they’re happy to have drummed up so much support, there are still lessons to be learned from falling short of the goal.
In fact, Senior Drum Major at Bloomington High School North says though the outcome is positive there were some major concerns from her band members. “There are parts of it that are positive, because it’s really shown us that we can band together in difficult times, however, it’s unfair that our band director is doing the same work for the same about of money” says Zinnman.
Thomas Wilson, Band Director at Bloomington High School North says his stipend helps pay his personal bills and directing the band is not an eight hour job. “I’m here many, many hours after school and on weekends so it’s definitely nice to be rewarded for your efforts.”
School begins on August 18 and preparation for the student’s arrival is ongoing. The district is currently preparing for a voter referendum in the fall, aimed at raising about 7.5 million dollars in lost revenue. Coopman says its outcome could affect the next six years, but just holding referenda might not be enough to sustain some school corporation.