SANBORN – Steve Sabo, president of the Niagara Wheatfield School Board, used the first meeting after the budget vote to announce plans to ameliorate one of the cuts.
Sabo said Wednesday he would sponsor “a faculty alumni fundraiser to bring back the high school musical.”
The high school musical, usually put on in late spring, has been an annual tradition in the district for a number of years that is seen as a symbolic rallying point for community involvement. Several speakers at budget meetings used this year’s production of the play “Shrek” as an example of the benefits of the music program and community support.
Music was one of the areas hardest hit in the $64.6 million budget for 2014-15 with 2.6 music positions cut to save $178,069, according to district officials. Also eliminated were club advisers for a cost savings of $36,387.
Sabo said one of the cuts included the club that ran the musical and, because he participated in musicals as a high school student, he felt a responsibility to continue the tradition. No cost figure was mentioned.