CALDWELL, Ohio -- A music program diminished by budget cuts in the Caldwell Exempted Village Schools several years ago was voted back to life on Thursday night.
After a brief executive session, the Caldwell Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to reinstate the band and music instructors as full-time positions, effective immediately. Board President James Cline said that last May's passage of the levy was key in bringing back a full-time music program to the schools:
Long-time choir and general music instructor Maize Craft will return to full-time duty in that role. David Gruver, a new addition to the Caldwell Schools team, was approved to serve as band director. Gruver previously served as assistant band directors at schools in Newcastle, Pa., and Louisville, Ohio.
The board also voted to increase the substitute rates for teachers, nurses, bus drivers and other support personnel to make the district more competitive with area districts.
Cline also announced that the Caldwell Schools will take part in a Narconon program in September. The program will help teachers identify the symptoms of drug use and inform students of the dangers of drugs. The program is made possible by a grant given to the Switzerland of Ohio Local Schools, who offered to share time with other area school districts.
The Caldwell Exempted Village Schools Board of Education will next meet in regular session on Thursday, September 11.