Unit 2 Music Changes

Proposed personnel changes in the Bond County Unit 2 music program, have caused a stir among some parents and students in the district.

At Monday night’s school board meeting, several people were in attendance to support the high school music department. Eight spoke including three students.

Greenville Jr. High Music Director Julie Reddy is leaving the district the end of this school year. Sean Cox, who has been high school, Pocahontas and Sorento vocal instructor, asked to be transferred to the Greenville Jr. High position and that was granted.

The current proposal is to have Ryan Thomason as a full-time music instructor at Pocahontas and Sorento Schools. He has been the band teacher in the district, except at the junior high school.

The district is currently seeking applicants for a part-time position which would include one band and one chorus class at the high school and fifth grade band at the Greenville Elementary School, in addition to teaching high school early-bird chorus and jazz band throughout the week.

At the end of Monday’s meeting, School Board President Edmar Schreiber said the adjustment wasn’t planned, but was necessitated with Reddy’s departure. He said the changes brought forth an opportunity to make changes and benefit students with additional hours of music education. He said all details have not been ironed out yet.

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Superintendent Wes Olson told WGEL the district is committed to maintaining all music and arts programs at their current levels while finding cost savings. He said the board wants to continue to provide opportunities for all students, not just those in high school.

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Even with changes in personnel, Cox will continue with the high school musical, and special concerts and other musical events would still be held.