Music in Our Schools month [UPDATED]Published 10:03am Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Updated 12:08pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013
What a month it has been. The orchestra department presented a middle school orchestra concert on Monday, March 4 showcasing students in grades 5 through 8.
The choir department presented a mass choir concert on Thursday, March 7 showcasing grades 6 and 9-12.
The band department had a little more difficult time with scheduling. The All-School Band Concert was originally scheduled for March 11. Due to the boys’ basketball team reaching the section semi-finals, the concert was postponed to March 18, which turned into a nasty winter storm day.
But the third time proved a charm, and the concert was finally presented on Tuesday, March 19, showcasing all band students in grades 5 through12.
Of course, the month of March is tournament time and our mighty Otter Pep Band supported send-offs, along with four winter sports through the tournament season.
Still remaining is the middle school choir production of “Alice In Wonderland” on April 2 with a performance at 9:15 a.m. and April 4 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Performing in this event will be choir students in grades 7 and 8.
Recently, I received the following email from a Music Education Association All-State String Judge…
“I would like to write and express my admiration and appreciation for the manner in which the Fergus Falls students conducted themselves during the All-State music auditions last Friday at Detroit Lakes.
“The high school choir director, Ms. Danielson, had a wonderful way with the students. She encouraged them without being a hovering presence. The Fergus Falls students clearly had a good perspective on their efforts, they were relaxed and enjoyed each other, and I suspect gained the benefits of putting themselves on the line to achieve a serious goal. They represented the school and the community at the very highest level.”
Bond Referendum special election is April 2
With the April 2 Special Election less than a week away, let me take a moment to quickly review some basic information.
The School Board has determined that there are three key benefits to this outdoor facility proposal for the school and community:
• Wellness — The District is focusing on physical activity and nutrition to improve student health.
• Safety — First, the football bleachers would be replaced with up-to-date and handicap accessible bleachers for students and fans. Second, having softball, tennis, soccer, football, and track and field all on the Kennedy Secondary School campus is much safer with less driving.
• Economics — Expanding the track to eight lanes and installing all of the field events for a meet will allow the District to host conference and section events.
The District has already seen an increase of people attending events, staying overnight in local hotels, and spending dollars in the community through large events that are held at the Gold Gym and the Community Arena.
What has changed in the project since last fall?
The project has been reduced by $790,000 or 14 percent. This project focuses only on the Kennedy Secondary School site, and combines the concession stands and garage into one building reducing the bond issuance cost.
With the lower bond referendum amount, how does this affect my taxes?
The School District’s current 1994 bond referendum for the science wing and media center at the old high school is expiring in 2013. Property owners in the Fergus Falls School District are currently paying $24.16 per year or $2.01 per month on a $100,000 property. With the 1994 bond expiring and if this new bond referendum was approved, the cost for that same $100,000 property would be $17.69 per year or $1.47 per month.
For this special election, any eligible voter residing in the school district may vote at a combined polling place designated for the precinct in which he or she resides. The polls will be opened at 7 am and will close at 8 pm. To view the combined polling places for this special election, please visit our Website at: www.isd544.org and click on the “Outdoor Facility Info” icon on the top left corner.
Absentee ballots will be available between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday) at the Otter Tail County Government Services Center, 510 W. Fir Ave., Fergus Falls; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30; and also 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 1.