The school board approved the creation of a position dubbed the Visual and Performing Arts coordinator to strengthen arts education for all kids in the district. The Alliance for Arts Education will fund the position — which will cost $80,000 to $90,000 annually — for the next three years. The contract will likely be solidified at the next board meeting. The district went out for a parcel tax in 2012 to support music, theater, and arts programs in an attempt to bring back some that were cut during the recession. As part of the Visual and Performing Arts strategic plan, boardmembers voted to look for ways to sustain the programs and new coordinator position.