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The music departments in the Rainier School District dodged elimination last week after the district reallocated around $290,000 to fund the programs in next year’s budget. But the district will eliminate a high school phys ed teaching position and a speech pathologist, both through resignations.

The music programs originally were on the chopping block, but in a meeting last week the budget committee decided to return money to the music programs from the 2019-2020 general education budget.

“I just sent recall notices out to the band teachers and some others,” Superintendent Michael Carter said.

While bands and choirs will play on, the future of the Briarcliff Pool is still unclear. Carter says he wants to give the district budget committee time to work on that issue. A final decision has not been made, according to Carter.

“We’re still looking for funding, but the pool is not closing. Maybe GoFundMe donations or recs, because we need something different for the pool. But nothing is happening to the music programs,” Carter said.

“We really fought for them to keep the music programs at elementary and high schools,” Hudson Park Elementary School Principal Heidi Blakley said.

Carter said due to a few resignations, there will not be any positions cut.

“We had a PE teacher position at the high school and a speech pathologist position that we are not going to replace,” Carter said.

“We are cutting back more on supplies,” Carter said. “We will survive this.”

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