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Mohawk to talk about future of drama program

Tuesday at  5:15 p.m.

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School will hold a meeting Tuesday, at 5:15 p.m., to hold a discussion with school parents, students and the community about the future of the drama program at Mohawk.

At last Wednesday’s School Committee meeting, in response to a question from the public, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti said the school district is considering a reduced-hours position for a drama coach. This year, the school district had budgeted a half-time position for a drama coach, Jonathan Diamond, who produced this year’s highly innovative school play, “The Hobbit,” which brought in participation by local artists, musicians and workshops with theatre groups.

“At the end of the year, when we got together to evaluate the program, we saw that most of the work was done between January through March,” Buoniconti said. Therefore, school officials are considering changing the drama coach position to a three-month job, with a $10,000 stipend. However, the new proposal means the school could lose its current drama coach, he said.

School parent Tamara Sloan of Ashfield applauded school officials for planning a community discussion on this issue.

“Rarely do I argue that the person makes the program,” she said, “but in this situation, I do think it’s different. Jonathan Diamond is a force of nature. He wasn’t just creating a play, but creating a movement — an intersection of many arts. In this time of dropping enrollments, can we see if there’s a way of keeping Jonathan Diamond, at least for a while?”

The meeting to discuss the drama program will be held in the superintendent’s meeting room, in the school.

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