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Boiling Springs band boosters pack board meeting

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Dozens of people pack a meeting of the Spartanburg County District 2 School Board. (March 12, 2013/FOX Carolina) Dozens of people pack a meeting of the Spartanburg County District 2 School Board. (March 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Supporters of the Boiling Springs High School Marching Band packed a school board meeting Tuesday night to voice their concerns over what they call inadequate funding of the program.

Band booster president Michael Morin said the packed-house meeting of the Spartanburg County District 2 School Board was the result of current band director Bryan Bone taking a new position at a District 5 school at the end of the year, making him the third band director to leave the school in 15 years.

"We believe a lot of the issues have been brought to the district before, and they haven't been heard," Morin said.

More than 100 parents and students took their concerns to board members to address the problems and hopefully keep good band directors at the school.

"We don't have enough staff to support the band director and the program," said Tina Hall, who spoke at the meeting. "He gives up a lot of time with his family."

Boiling Springs High School alumnus Ryan Crocker said he noticed the problems years ago.

"It's just too much work for one person to do, and another district will offer more money, plus extra staff," Crocker said at the meeting.

District 2 Superintendent Scott Mercer said he has had to spend more money on school security and facilities. He said a lack of funding, but continued growth has put a strain on the budget.

"If we had big industry in our district that would help us," Mercer said. "So, some of the things, we have to deal within the amount of money we have."

Parents believe the issue is bigger than just a lack of money.

"If you're saying that you don't have enough money to pay teachers, for the students you have, then there's a much bigger problem than band," said one person who addressed the meeting. "Band has become the canary [in the] coal mine if that's the case."

School board members told FOX Carolina's Greg Funderburg that they plan on reviewing the problem and addressing it at a later time.

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