Archive for June 7th, 2008

by jhwygirl

Caught this yesterday in the Montana Standard. (I searched for it in the Missoulian, but apparently, it wasn’t news worthy.)

At a school board committee meeting on Monday, Jim Caron, founder of the Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT), proposed a performing arts high school that would be a partnership between the school district and MCT.

Students would live in a dorm and spend half a day with core curriculum and the other half of the day studying music, drama and dance.

Caron said that they are working on the idea and are “at least a year and a half out.” The kids would pay tuition, and he expects that they could have 5-600 students in just a few years. The first class of freshmen and sophomore performing arts students would number around 50, with tuition plus room and board estimated at $25,000 a year. That number would grow as staff and housing were able to absorb them.

The idea was well received by trustee Jim Sadler: “This is an absolutely fabulous idea. I’m blown away by the concept. Of all the towns in Montana, we’re the only one that would be even close to considering it. There are a lot of things that have to be accommodated, but nothing that’s insurmountable.”

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