"While much of the program is grant-funded, the salaries are paid from the general fund, Cole said."How about almost two-thirds is grant funded, which makes this a community asset and not the university's. The community should decide what's to become of SMARTS. Or at least the funders; the people who put up a majority of the money in the first place.Helping our children from low income families to learn about the arts does more for the community than any amount of 'academic core' will do.We need to find a way to make certain that SMARTS can continue its mission in our valley, with or without the university.I believe this was a very short-sighted decision.
November 4, 2013 at 6:08 p.m.