Sun. Jun 4th, 2023

A proposal that may cease Naperville District 203 college students from taking part in extracurricular music actions like marching band in the event that they weren’t enrolled district music courses confronted opposition at this week’s college board assembly.

A number of college students advised board members they don’t wish to quit different electives which might be extra vital to entering into school, like overseas language examine, simply so they may do one thing they take pleasure in when college’s not in session.

The proposed change known as concurrent, or twin, enrollment, which mandates {that a} scholar enroll in a curriculum music class in the event that they wish to be concerned in an extracurricular music exercise.

If permitted, it could be phased in over two years, with seniors being allowed to take a lunchtime music method courses and different grade ranges to signal on for normal music courses.

Chala Holland, assistant superintendent for administrative companies, mentioned concurrent enrollment applications are frequent in lots of excessive faculties as a result of they’re “a pillar for constructing and sustaining a powerful complete music program.

“It actually focuses on supply of educational requirements and talent growth,” she mentioned.

It’s additionally a solution to bolster declining enrollment within the district’s curricular music courses, officers mentioned. Within the 2017-18 college yr, 314 college students have been enrolled in music courses versus 183 in 2021-22 and 265 this yr, information reveals.

The fluctuation in numbers can probably be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, officers mentioned.

However college students advised the board they shouldn’t be anticipated so as to add extra to their schedules — or quit electives they wish to take — just because they wish to be a part of music-related actions after college or on weekends.

Bianca Cima, a North Central Excessive College junior, mentioned she is already arduous pressed for time. Some days have her beginning at 7 a.m. so she will be able to attend a college membership assembly and never ending till 6:15 p.m. when marching band follow ends, she mentioned.

“Lunch is my solely break in my 11-hour day,” Cima mentioned. “College students additionally (use their lunch break) for finishing homework, making up class work and typically simply taking a second to chill out.”

Athena Chen, additionally a Naperville Central junior, mentioned she’s apprehensive that taking a required music class will forestall her from taking the enterprise courses she’d reasonably attend.

“I made a decision on taking enterprise courses and to fall again on the truth that I can nonetheless take pleasure in my music right here,” mentioned Chen, noting that she loves music and being within the marching band.

The board took no motion on the proposal however one member, Charles Cush, mentioned he didn’t wish to push for one thing that can find yourself placing an extra burden on college students.

“I’d encourage us to return to the drafting board and consider a special thought,” Cush mentioned. “(This) just isn’t snug for me.”

Joseph Ruzich is a contract reporter for The Courier-Information.

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