The Clarke County School Board has pulled its support for a regional arts program jointly funded by four counties. The cut will save the school district $15,500 in funds.
The Performing and Visual Arts Northwest program – known as PAVAN – provides arts programs for public, private and home-schooled students in the Virginia counties of Clarke, Frederick, Loudoun and Shenandoah. Clarke County Public Schools’s support of PAVAN provided Clarke students with access to the organization’s PAVAN Day Camps, Summer Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and also provided Arts in the Classroom grants as well as professional development opportunities for arts educators.
The decision, in part, was based the program’s fixed price-tag for each county regardless of how many students participated. Clarke County Public Schools Curriculum Director, Dr. Lisa Floyd, told School Board members that last year Clarke County’s PAVAN participation had dropped to just six students.
“It’s not practical for our division to participate in PAVAN given the number of students that attend,” said Clarke County Public schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Murphy. “The PAVAN partnership has been dissolving across the region for some time based on a number of reasons.”
In a unanimous vote, the School Board agreed to remove its funding for the program and directed school administrators to investigate ways to re-program the $15K in savings towards an alternative arts enrichment program.
“I hate to see us loose PAVAN but if we can reach more kids in another way with the money then I’m all for eliminating it,” said School Board member Barbara Lee (Millwood).
For more information on PAVAN visit http://www.pavanw.org/Home_Page.html