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Vigliotti suggests BOCES begin offering music and art

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BRASHER FALLS - With St. Lawrence Central being forced to make cuts to its music and art departments this year, joining several other districts which have already done so, Superintendent Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr. said maybe it’s time for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services to begin offering arts and music classes.

Acknowledging that he has yet to have this conversation with St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Superintendent Thomas Burns, Mr. Vigliotti said he would like to see BOCES offer what he called a “comprehensive music and arts program.”

“What we can’t afford to keep on our own, 18 schools could,” he said. “We all know the connection between arts, music and higher education.”

Board of education member Patricia Gengo agreed.

“I like that idea,” she said.

Mr. Vigliotti said potential new programs like that may be the key to offering courses like music and art in the future.

“Why are we sitting around here and talking about this? It’s not because we want to, it’s out of necessity,” he said. “These are the kind of things we’re going to have to do to ensure our kids who want these opportunities get these opportunities.”

With several other districts in the region also making cuts to music and arts over the past several years, Mr. Vigliotti said this is a program he thinks there would be great interest in.

“I think it’s just a matter of getting it organized,” he said.

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