Sun. Feb 5th, 2023

A proposal that will cease Naperville District 203 college students from taking part in extracurricular music actions like marching band in the event that they weren’t enrolled district music lessons confronted opposition at this week’s faculty board assembly.

A number of college students informed board members they don’t wish to surrender different electives which are extra vital to stepping into school, like international language research, simply so they might do one thing they take pleasure in when faculty’s not in session.

The proposed change known as concurrent, or twin, enrollment, which mandates {that a} scholar enroll in a curriculum music class in the event that they wish to be concerned in an extracurricular music exercise.

If authorized, it might be phased in over two years, with seniors being allowed to take a lunchtime music approach lessons and different grade ranges to signal on for normal music lessons.

Chala Holland, assistant superintendent for administrative companies, stated concurrent enrollment applications are widespread in lots of excessive colleges as a result of they’re “a pillar for constructing and sustaining a powerful complete music program.

“It actually focuses on supply of educational requirements and ability growth,” she stated.

It’s additionally a method to bolster declining enrollment within the district’s curricular music lessons, officers stated. Within the 2017-18 faculty 12 months, 314 college students had been enrolled in music lessons versus 183 in 2021-22 and 265 this 12 months, knowledge reveals.

The fluctuation in numbers can doubtless be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, officers stated.

However college students informed the board they shouldn’t be anticipated so as to add extra to their schedules — or surrender electives they wish to take — just because they wish to be a part of music-related actions after faculty or on weekends.

Bianca Cima, a North Central Excessive Faculty junior, stated she is already arduous pressed for time. Some days have her beginning at 7 a.m. so she will attend a college membership assembly and never ending till 6:15 p.m. when marching band apply ends, she stated.

“Lunch is my solely break in my 11-hour day,” Cima stated. “College students additionally (use their lunch break) for finishing homework, making up class work and generally simply taking a second to loosen up.”

Athena Chen, additionally a Naperville Central junior, stated she’s anxious that taking a required music class will forestall her from taking the enterprise lessons she’d somewhat attend.

“I made a decision on taking enterprise lessons and to fall again on the truth that I can nonetheless take pleasure in my music right here,” stated Chen, noting that she loves music and being within the marching band.

The board took no motion on the proposal however one member, Charles Cush, stated he didn’t wish to push for one thing that can find yourself placing a further burden on college students.

“I might encourage us to return to the drafting board and consider a distinct concept,” Cush stated. “(This) is just not comfy for me.”

Joseph Ruzich is a contract reporter for The Courier-Information.

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