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Monson cutting music program to balance school budget

By WGGB Staff

MONSON, Mass. (WGGB) — Voters at Annual Town Meeting have approved a budget that includes cuts that will likely result in the loss of the middle and high school music program.

Monson School Superintendent Pat Dardenne said salaries have increased, as well as medical costs, while the school budgets have been cut. Over the course of seven years, the district has cut 25 positions from the school.

The district has decided to focus on areas like reading, math, science, social studies, while the arts are expected to be cut. At Granite Valley Middle School, students will arrive in the fall to find what is currently the music room operating in another capacity, as the music program will be eliminated.

The annual spring concert is scheduled for Friday, and that will likely mark the end band and chorus for students.


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