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Upstate parents seek extra funding for high school band

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Boiling Springs High School band members and parents share funding concerns at Tuesday's school board meeting. (Mar. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina) Boiling Springs High School band members and parents share funding concerns at Tuesday's school board meeting. (Mar. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate award-winning high school band is losing their third band director in 15 years, and some parents said enough is enough.

A number of Boiling Springs High School students and parents went to the District 2 school board meeting Tuesday night asking for more funding.

Several parents told FOX Carolina the current band director is leaving due to lack of help running the 240-member band program. They have asked the school board to increase funding for the band program to allow for additional staff and better pay.

"We believe that a lot of the issues have been brought to the district before and they haven't been heard," said Michael Morin, Boiling Springs High School Band Booster President.

Spartanburg School District 2 Superintendent Dr. Scott Mercer said the district has a lack of funding overall and has had to recently spend more money on school security and facilities to keep up with the district's growth.

"We are trying to do our best. We are operating on a deficit this year and they're plenty of needs," Mercer said.

While the district said it is a lack of funding, some band parents believe it is a bigger issue.

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

The school board did not taken any action during their meeting Tuesday night but said they will review the issue.

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