ELGIN, OR - Music is set to return to the Eastern Oregon city of Elgin after budget problems forced the small school district to drop the curriculum.
The Elgin School Board dropped its music teacher several years ago, but board members say they've now made restoring the position a priority.
The district says it will be able to hire a new teacher because of an extra $70,000 the district is getting as a result of tax increases approved by the Legislature.
Superintendent Wayne Herron says state assessment tests focus on math, writing and science, but it's a mistake to ignore subjects such as music. He says the district wants to provide students with as rich an education as possible.
Elgin is nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the northern edge of the Grande Ronde Valley. It is within 20 minutes north of driving time of La Grande, the site of Eastern Oregon University.
Both La Grande and Eastern provide outstanding cultural and education opportunities for Elgin residents.
Approximately 2,000 people live in the growing Elgin community. Many community members actively participate in school programs and provide continued support for school activities.