Some people have drawn the inference that the Board is considering eliminating some fine arts programs altogether. Homemade flyers have appeared at street corners in some parts of Mt. Lebanon that say "Save Our Band."
On the one hand, that strikes me as a terrible overreaction; it's difficult for me to imagine the Mt. Lebanon community tolerating the wholesale elimination of arts programming, or even significant chunks of it. Anyone with even a casual acquaintance with the Mt. Lebanon School District knows that Mt. Lebanon has a fine arts program that is nationally competitive. It is truly an extraordinary resource, and, as people who know the arts know, excellence in the arts is expensive.
On the other hand, budgets are budgets, and Mt. Lebanon doesn't have unlimited resources. How many Mt. Lebanon homeowners would like to pay more in school taxes? We elected a School Board to have these discussions, and it sounds to me like the discussions are going on. As a first step, I think that's a good thing. I like the fact that the Board is actively involved. As to the merits of where the budget process should go, or is likely to go, I welcome comments.
UPDATE: Here's a copy of the flyer.