Parents pack meeting about Hazelwood School District cuts -

Parents pack meeting about Hazelwood School District cuts

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Credit: Alexis Zotos, KMOV reporter Credit: Alexis Zotos, KMOV reporter

So many parents packed a Hazelwood School Board meeting about budget cuts Tuesday that many were not allowed inside.

Parents are angry the district cut elementary school music programs. One family said the elementary orchestra programs have had a big impact on them.

The Gonzalez family said it could start a family band thanks to the programs because Elizabeth Gonzalez has been playing violin since 4th grade and her younger brothers are also interested in orchestra.

“Without elementary school music, I don’t know if half the people in my orchestra would be there, I know I wouldn’t be there,” Gonzalez said.

Elizabeth, like a majority of the crowd that showed up, was unable to get inside the meeting because the room was so crowded.

Lots of speakers stated objections to the cuts in music.

Despite those objections, the board went ahead with the cuts because it they claim they must reduce a $15 million budget shortfall. The district believes the cuts that passed Tuesday night will save around $800,000.

There will still be voice classes in elementary schools, and band and orchestra in middle and high school. 

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