District 87 finds compromise with music students and parents
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) – Bloomington District 87 compromises with parents and students at Bloomington Junior High School, who said a recent change in elective classes at the school forced children to choose music OR a class like computer science.
In March, the district reorganized its music classes at BJHS into the school’s Arts for Life program, which meant that students should have chosen a group, orchestra, choir OR another class like cooking. In an effort to plan for more social and emotional learning in the school day.
After a petition was launched with more than 2,000 signatures and public comments, the district gave parents an alternative.
Now, music class students can choose to take a zero hour gym class from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., which in turn could replace the normal gym block with an Arts for Life class AND continue to take a group, a orchestra or choir.
The district has stated that this class will meet state requirements and will be a graded class.
Superintendent Dr Barry Reilly said BJHS administrators and faculty heard parents’ concerns and knew they needed to find a way to meet in the middle.
“It was important to us; I think whenever you have parents who raise concerns it is important to listen and to the extent that you can respond to those in a way that meets their needs and wants we have an obligation to do so. do, ”Reilly said.
Reilly said the solution was not perfect, but met the needs of hundreds of music students. He also said that District 87 “is committed and always will be committed to the fine arts.”
For more information on the changes, the district issued a Youtube video explaining what to expect.