“The Odyssey program was nice to have, but since it isn’t required we had to consider it,” Short said.
Cutting a program like Odyssey may have helped save other programs, though.
“We had to cut a math and English position, but not the programs” Short said.
It took some work to save the music program, too.
“With music we did a half-teacher reduction but did not cut any programs,” Short said. “We’re stretching people thinner to cover it.”
Now, three music teachers will travel to three different school buildings throughout the day, which will ultimately result in larger group lessons for students.
“It is the teacher’s will to go above and beyond,” Short said. “They’ve asked to do it this way because they don’t want the music program to disappear.”
This is part two of a three-part series on the Plattsburgh city school district’s budget cuts.