School District Funds to Repair School Instruments May Be At Risk

School District Funds to Repair School Instruments May Be At Risk

The RMPA recently learned that the funding provided by the School District to maintain and repair school-owned instruments may be at risk.

In the fall, District Music Programs were abruptly informed that the repair budget for the current year had been exhausted.

A group of SD61 music teachers is currently working together to engage the District in developing a policy on funding for musical instrument repair. The goal is to ensure the ongoing provision of these funds in a fair and transparent manner.

Having a stock of well-maintained school instruments is vitally important to the range of instrumentation that music teachers can draw on as well as to equity of access for students who may not be able to rent or buy their own instruments.

With the support of our Music Directors, Mr Davis and Ms Kerr, the RMPA executive has sent a letter to the Chair and Trustees of SD61 to express our appreciation of the repair funding provided to date and to urge the Board to ensure that such funding remains a priority going forward.

You can read the letter here: RMPA – Letter to SD61 Board – Instrument Repair Funding