Hazelwood school security asks news crew to leave student concert

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) - Some students in the Hazelwood School District are hoping their voices and music are heard. They are worried about a budget deficit leading to proposed changes in the band and orchestra programs at the district’s elementary schools.

“I wanted you guys to see the good things that Hazelwood does,” said orchestra student Richard Spivey, who invited Fox 2 News to a district concert Thursday night.

“It’s all about the good things, not about the negative things we have going on right now.”

Our news crew was turned away from the concert by security. A district official says we were not allowed to record the concert because some students are juveniles and did not have permission from parents to show them.

Some students say pushing band and orchestra to an after school program could keep students from being able to participate. The district blames its deficit woes on declining property values. The decline has led to less tax revenue for the district.

Here is an outline from the district of proposed changes for the next school year.