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Provide information on the Rockville Pipe Band. Why is MCPS not funding the Band?

Question#: 19

ANSWER:

The Rockville Pipe Band originated in 1961. Practices are held at Rockville High School (RHS) on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. during the school year. The Pipe Band is not affiliated with any MCPS curricular music program. The band is open to all students who live in Montgomery County in grades 4 through 12. There is no requirement to attend RHS or Montgomery County Public Schools. The Pipe Band includes students with a range of experience – from beginner to intermediate to more experienced players. In his January 11, 2017, testimony to the Board of Education, Mr. John Bartels, RHS Pipe Band booster president stated, “The band draws from eight public high schools and four public middle schools across the county, but only two students actually attend Rockville High.” Actual membership could not be verified because the Pipe Band does not provide a roster of members to MCPS and the Pipe Band website is no longer available on the internet.

For MCPS sponsored activities, Extracurricular Activity (ECA) stipends are paid at a rate of $14.50/hour per the negotiated agreement with the Montgomery County Educators’ Association (MCEA). Dollar amounts for the non-athletic and athletic Class 3 stipends are based on specific job responsibilities for each stipend activity and the number of hours required for the work. Each high school may assign one set of ECA non-athletic Class 3 stipends for competitive marching band to include: the instrumental music director stipend, $2,465/year; competitive marching band stipend, $2,393/year; and competitive marching band preseason stipend, $928/year. Details of competitive marching band Class 3 stipend responsibilities are outlined in the ECA Handbook and are included with this response for your information. RHS assigns the competitive marching band Class 3 stipends to their instrumental music director for work done with the RHS marching band. As the extra-curricular process was being automated in the past year, it was discovered that RHS had been assigning a second set of the same ECA Class 3 stipends to the Pipe Band director. This assignment of a second set of stipends to a non-MCPS sponsored activity is not permitted. If MCPS allowed one school to do this, then other schools would also request to be able to assign additional stipends to community and other activities. There are numerous activities sponsored by outside organizations that serve students who live in Montgomery County. They range from athletic teams to dance teams to cheer squads to tutoring to other academic clubs and activities. MCPS funds cannot be used to pay the coaches, teachers, and sponsors of all activities that serve students who live in the county. These activities are not governed by MCPS guidelines for participation, their practices are not dictated by MCPS schedules, and their sponsors do not go through the MCPS hiring process. Additionally, the MCPS budget is built to support the stipends outlined in the ECA guidelines and additional stipends would require that the budget be increased by this amount.

The Pipe Band was informed that duplication of ECA Class 3 stipends for instrumental music director, marching band preseason, and competitive marching band would be discontinued– not based on the merit or accomplishments of the Pipe Band, but due to the fact that only one set of these Class 3 stipends is budgeted per high school to support activities of the school’s current student body. These ECA Class 3 stipends are not intended to support countywide youth organizations/groups.

Extracurricular Activity Program – Non-athletic

Activity Name & School INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DIRECTOR (3- High)

Extracurricular Activity Program – Non-athletic

Activity Name & School COMPETITIVE MARCHING BAND PRESEASON (3- High)

Description of Activity: A band director stipend prepares students for the fall marching season and includes the management and distribution of uniforms, selecting music, charting and designing shows, and rehearsing students. Depending on the schedule that is best for each school, the activity may be scheduled for July or August in preparation for the upcoming marching season. The total hours assigned to this stipend correspond to the maximum hours allocated to summer practices for fall sports.

Description of Activity: A band director stipend prepares students for the fall marching season and includes the management and distribution of uniforms, selecting music, charting and designing shows, and rehearsing students. Depending on the schedule that is best for each school, the activity may be scheduled for July or August in preparation for the upcoming marching season. The total hours assigned to this stipend correspond to the maximum hours allocated to summer practices for fall sports.

 

1.

 

Uniforms: arranging for cleaning, fitting, issuing, and maintaining records

Hours

 

and fees

5.0

2.

Selecting music: perusal of catalogues and tapes to ascertain difficulty levels and appropriate instrumentation

 

5.0

3.

Charting and show design: fitting the music to a theme, developing plans for maneuvering, working out each student’s steps

 

14.0

4.

Prepare mailing and rehearsal schedule

2.0

5.

Administrative preparations: cleaning instruments, delivery and pickup of repaired instruments, securing needed supplies

 

6.0

6.

Rehearsals with students @ 8 days, 4 hours per day

32.0

Text Box: Total hours needed for the activity outside of regular work days.	64.0

The person receiving this stipend also must receive the Competitive Marching Band/Pep Band stipend.

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