Patrons speak in support of music program


Fifth and sixth grade band instructor Kathy Yoakam directs the group for one of the last times at a concert at Humboldt High School last month. The district is not expected to hire to fill her position. About 40 interested students and parents attended Monday's Humboldt Board of Education meeting to listen and some expressed their views. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Phil Monson
An estimated 40 persons were in attendance at Monday’s Humboldt School Board meeting to show support opposing possible elimination of a grades 5-6 band position.
The board held its regular monthly meeting in Bode on May 20. The board later held a joint session with the Twin Rivers School Board.
Faced with shrinking state aid, increased costs and reduced spending authority (legal amount allowed to spend per student), the district is looking at having to trim nearly $200,000 from the 2019-20 budget.
Among the items being considered is the elimination of one of the three full-time instrumental music positions. The grades 5-6 band position would be covered by other staff. The position is currently being held by 22-year-veteran Kathy Yoakam, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.
During open forum, two students and five adults spoke out against eliminating the full-time position.
School Board President Brody Clark spoke about the budget challenges facing the district and Board member Suzanne Newton also spoke. Read more about this story and all the school news in this week's Humboldt Independent.

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