On Feb. 5, the majority of the school board approved with contingencies to allow the Tooele High School Band to move forward on fundraisers for a trip to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade for 2013. Thank you, Tooele School Board, for the wonderful opportunity for our children to work hard in order to represent our great state in an important historical background.
It was a highly attended and discussed meeting. Many good points were brought up about the concern for all students eligible to participate and the financial considerations. Other points discussed, eliminating freshman from the trip and limiting future band opportunities to 2017, were overreaching. The keyword is opportunity. Unfortunately, the one dissenting voice was from board member Mr. Hogan. His snarky remarks and quick mental math calculations has questioned the stewardship of the Tooele Marching Band program and Band Director, Mrs. Syra. In essence, Mr. Hogan doesn’t believe in the fundraising abilities of the students, parents and teachers. This attitude is far reaching and affects all schools.
Tooele High School band has constantly proven itself financially responsible over the years. The Fine Arts are not supported as they should through school budgets, yet this band, as does Grantsville and Stansbury and all the other Fine Art programs, continue to achieve many accolades. If the concern is about failure, let them learn that real life lesson as well, but give the students every chance to succeed. Tooele Pride means unity and strength through adversity. Forever and Forever…Pride, Tradition, Excellence.