City Schools to continue programs

From Staff Reports

   Elizabethton City Schools will continue to offer several enrichment programs placed in jeopardy when state funding was reduced, according to Dr. Judy Blevins, director of schools.
   On Oct. 5, Tennessee Commissioner of Education Faye Taylor notified the Elizabethton School System of a cutback in funds, totaling $20,000 locally, used to support enrichment programs.
   School principals, administrative staff and Dr. Blevins decided which enrichment programs would be continued for the remainder of the school year, based on the number of students enrolled and available funds.
   Some $10,000 will be transferred from other budgeted programs for 'Show Choir,' offered at all elementary schools, and credit courses in driver's education, contemporary issues and fine arts offered at Elizabethton High School, Dr. Blevins said.
   'K-Kids,' offered at East Side, 'Destination Imagination,' offered at Harold McCormick, and non-credit courses in yearbook, fine arts and ecology club offered at Elizabethton High School will be discontinued for lack of funding.
   "I appreciate the telephone calls from parents and other individuals in the community who expressed a willingness to help raise money or defray expenses of students enrolled in these programs," Dr. Blevins said.