Board to Vote on Funding Arts Program

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – The Lafayette School Board will consider allocating $165,000 for an arts integration program that was overlooked in this year's budget process.

The 13-year-old program, called Primary Academic Creative Experiences, is administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The program teams artists with classroom teachers for weekly arts lessons tied to the curriculum.

The program has been fully funded in the past by Title I federal grants. However, the program's Title I funding was reduced to only $100,000 this year and the remaining $165,000 needed was not allocated in the school system's budget process, said Paget Guidry, district arts/music academic specialist.

The board is expected to vote on Wednesday.

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