Low enrollment leads to end of Catlin art program

Low enrollment leads to end of Catlin art program

CATLIN – School officials voted Thursday to let the part-time Catlin High School art teacher go, citing low student enrollment in the art program.

The Catlin School Board voted to honorably dismiss Brenda Young on Thursday. Superintendent Guy Banicki said Young retired last year after 30 years with the district, but agreed to return and teach three high school art classes a day this year.

Banicki said only 15 students registered to take an art class at Catlin High next year, and that Young was not interested in teaching a single class a day at the high school, or to teach art at both Catlin High and Catlin Grade School in the fall.

Banicki said Catlin Grade School does not have its own art teacher, and instead relies on classroom teachers for art instruction.

Before the 2007-08 school year begins, Banicki said, he may look into hiring an art teacher for the high school and grade school, or possibly sharing an art teacher with another district on a part-time basis.

"Having a strong art program is a goal of mine," he said.

In other business, the board learned that Catlin High would host the Class A high school girls' track sectional on May 11.

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