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ECA Update: Future Financial Situation Unclear

Monroe County school officials faced difficult decisions in finding funds for extracurricular activities and some staff are still not getting all of their stipend. Last year many students worried about extracurricular activities getting cut, due to lack of funding.

The state of financial affairs for ECA’s was devastating for Head Drum Major Nora Shedd who says that the possibility of not getting funding would have been disappointing.

“It’s really important to me, and my brother was in band my mom was in band when she was in high school which has kind of been in my family for years and so it was always kind of instilled in me from when I was little,” Shed said.  “I really enjoy it and it’s a huge part of my school life.”

Bloomington North Band Director Thomas Wilson says 90 percent of the stipend he received was worth putting in 100 percent into band leadership known across the state.

“When you say Bloomington North to a lot of people in this state they automatically think ‘wow’ they have a great band program” Wilson said.

It costs between $40,000 and $45,000 per year to put the North marching band on the field. “In a perfect world we’d never have to worry about it again, but I think in the real world and the education where we are today that’s not going to go away,” MCCSC Foundation President Tom Bunger said. “I also suggest that we live in a community that values education and the participation in education and the expectations within our community are high.”

Bunger says this year the ECA cost is between $750,000 and $800,000

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