Student needs surpass basics

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Anyone who saw the Auburn Union School District band concert this week would never have voted down Measure L! Band director Jim Kepfer started with novice fifth and sixth graders in the fall, and in one school year they came together as a true band with a lively performance. The seventh and eighth grade honor band delivered a stunning show of professional quality. Music, art and physical education seem to be on the chopping block with our local school budget woes and our education system’s focus on test-based “basic” curriculum. However, these programs can make a huge difference in students’ lives and are just as important as math, science and reading in completing a child’s education. I urge the Auburn Union School District to preserve Kepfer’s music program, and ask our community to be prepared to support a broad education for our students in every way possible. Brad Kearns, Auburn