06/20/2013 07:57 EDT | Updated 08/20/2013 05:12 EDT

TDSB avoids scrapping music programs to balance budget

The Toronto District School Board voted on Wednesday night to make cuts to maintenance and caretaking, instead of a controversial proposal that would have seen two dozen music teachers out of jobs.

The TDSB needed to erase $27 million in costs from next year's operating budget, but parents and students came out to voice concerns about cutting music programs.

"That wasn't very popular with parents and students and I guess trustees felt the passion of the people, so what they've decided instead is a long menu of cuts," said TDSB spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz.

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In addition to maintenance and caretaking, reduced supplies and fewer summer students are also among those listed.

The TDSB still needs to figure out where they'll cut an additional $10.5 million and says they'll do that throughout the year.

Discussions surrounding the selling-off of TDSB properties were also discussed Wednesday night by trustees behind closed doors.