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Could music programs at Manual and Peoria High be rolled into Richwoods? Here's what the school district is saying

Violinist Adrian Pintea, from The Julliard School, plays a 1729 Stradivari known as the "Solomon, Ex-Lambert" in 2007 at Christie's in New York.
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Violinist Adrian Pintea, from The Julliard School, plays a 1729 Stradivari known as the "Solomon, Ex-Lambert" in 2007 at Christie's in New York.

The Peoria Federation of Teachers says Peoria Public Schools administration is weighing consolidation of Peoria High's and Manual Academy's orchestra and band programs into the program at Richwoods High School.

The union claims PHS and Manual students would be sent to Richwoods via a selection process.

A district spokesperson said the programs at Manual and Central aren't being dissolved, but claims the instrumental directors are meeting to develop a plan to revitalize music programs across the whole district.

The teachers' union and district administration are meeting again Wednesday for another round of collective bargaining under the eye of a federal mediator.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.