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Monday, March 9, 2009

Right to the point

SPPS is planning to cut 19.5

Elementary Orchestra and Band Positions

Instrumental music plays a FUNDAMENTAL role in children's basic education contributing in countless positive formative ways to the development of:

  • Artistic & Aesthetic Literacy

  • cognitive skills

  • mathematical abilities

  • social skills

  • small & large group work skills

  • self-discipline

  • cultural awareness

  • listening skills

  • a capacity to engage in slow diligent work toward a future goal

Success: in school learning and society

Success in developing intelligence and success in life.

Parents! We need your help!!!

Contact the St. Paul School Board Now

Tell them to keep instrumental music

in the Saint Paul Public Schools

Kazoua Kong-Thao, Chair 651-238-1869 /

Elona Street-Stewart, Vice-Chair 651-291-8569 /

Tom Conlon, Clerk 651-699-7399 /

Tom Goldstein, Treasurer 651-644-8558 /

Anne Carroll, Director 651-690-9156 /

John Brodrick, Director 651-645-7500 /

Keith Hardy, Director 651-497-8924 /

Or attend a meeting!

Meeting Schedule

Board of Education meeting will be held in the district Administration Building at 360 Colborne Street, 5:45 PM

Tuesdays, March 17, April 14, May 19

Listening sessions:

Thursday, March 26th - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. -- John A. Johnson Elementary

740 York Ave, 55106

Thursday, May 28 - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. -- EXPO Elementary School

Please E-mail Paul Rohlfing at


  1. You have already contacted the board-we need to know!
  2. You want to do more!
  3. You need more information on keeping elementary instrumental music in the Saint Paul Public Schools!

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