Music program cut protested

BAR HARBOR — A proposed cut to music theory classes for seventh and eighth grade students in the Conners Emerson School here has set off a growing protest.

The Conners Emerson proposed 2014-2015 budget includes plans to reduce music teacher Joe Wainer’s position from full time to a 60-percent, part-time job. Officials say this will eliminate music theory classes for grades 7 and 8, but have no effect at all on the rest of the music program, especially the popular performance groups.

However, even the smallest cut to the music program is not acceptable to some. Brian Booher, a life-long musician and director of the town band, has mounted a campaign to reject the proposal.

He has started an online petition to “save music education” in Bar Harbor.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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