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West Des Moines parents spoke—and it was a message that was heard loud and clear. Monday night, parents packed the learning resource center to oppose expected school budget cuts for the arts and band programs.

Tuesday night, parents found out the district scrapped those plans—and the school board voted in favor of allowing the programs to remain.  Under the district’s new plan, teachers will be shifted around to help bridge a $200,000 dollar budget gap left by reductions in grants. The district also scrapped plans to hire a part time administrator and three other positions.

Parents were relieved by the new proposal, but many say they felt blind-sided by the budget talks—and want more of a role in those discussions in the future.  “We are not impressed that we did not have more of an opportunity to come together with them to probably present another alternative.” says parent Michelle DeClerck.

French and Chinese language courses will also be cut due to low enrollment.

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