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Superintendent: BHS program will continue

Due to a lack of support, a vote to end the Biggersville High School band program was removed from the school board agenda earlier this week.

BY ZACK STEEN

zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

The Biggersville band will play on.

The operation of Alcorn County's smallest high school band will continue for at least another school year, according to Superintendent Larry B. Mitchell.

The line item to consider discontinuing the program was removed prior to the start of the Board of Education meeting on Monday night.

Mitchell said he requested the removal due to lack of board support.

"There's no need in beating a dead horse," he told the Daily Corinthian.

Discussion to end the program first came up during the April meeting when Mitchell told the board only eight students were enrolled in BHS band. He also said the high school principal Pete Seago had failed to meet program expectations given to him in a letter last year.

Seago said he never received a letter.

The principal also reported a discrepancy in band enrollment numbers provided by the state.

Seago said students who would like to participate in more that one extracurricular activity at Biggersville are often forced to only pick one due to academic required courses offered at the same time. Because of those scheduling issues, he said there are actually 25 students currently enrolled in the program.

According to the state department, only eight students are actually "enrolled" and receiving credit for the band course.

"I did my job," Mitchell said on Tuesday. "I did my research and my thoughts are the same "" you can't support a program that is non functioning."

Mitchell said the program would continue.

"We are going to write another improvement plan for the program and be sure everyone involved gets a copy," he added.

Biggersville area board member Daniel Cooper said he was flooded with calls and texts following news that the program might get cut.

"A lot of people in this community were concerned," he said. "I've always felt if something is offered at one school in this district, it should be offered at all schools in this district "" regardless of school size.

"Every student in our district should have the same opportunities period," added Cooper.