Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2007

New duds in sight for band

December 13, 2007

The Lansing High School marching band will sport brand new uniforms come the 2008-2009 school year.

One possible model for the uniforms, from Wichita-based Fruhauf Uniforms Inc., was on display Monday during the monthly school board meeting.

LHS band teacher Becky Harris said the typical shelf life for band uniforms is around 10 years, and the current ones have not been replaced since 1991.

"These (new) uniforms are a long way coming," Harris said. "The ones we have now are really falling apart."

Luke Johnson, Lansing band director, said the model from Fruhauf was tailor-made especially for Lansing High.

It featured a reversible, removable breastplate, allowing three different looks a lion, a "LHS" inscription and a bold, red and black shield. A black, feathered cap and black slacks tied the rest of the uniform together.

"It's just a very good, quality uniform," Johnson said. "It's a more athletic uniform than what we have right now and allows more mobility."

The total cost of purchasing 150 uniforms from Fruhauf would be $71,250.

That's $475 apiece, compared to the $750 it costs to replace the current uniform, Johnson said.

Lansing superintendent Randal Bagby noted that additional bids would have to be submitted before acting on the proposal, but the board voted unanimously to proceed with the dollar amount presented in mind.

Bagby said he would like to delay the purchase until spring to spread the expense out over two fiscal year budgets.

Johnson said the uniforms would be ready six months from the date of purchase and would be guaranteed for up to 10 years.

In other business, the board:

¢ Heard a construction phase report from Bagby.

According to prepared documents, the new elementary school's gymnasium floor has been laid and all kitchen equipment has been installed.

Window and door frames and all heating and air-conditioning units have been installed in the high school auditorium addition, as well.

"As we get closer to the end, there will be less to report," Bagby said, noting that the projects' finish dates are both set for early March 2008.

¢ Approved, 8-0, a memorandum of agreement between the Lansing Correctional Facility and the district for LCF to continue providing inmate labor for the school district's facility maintenance.

¢ Approved, 8-0, a memorandum of agreement between the city of Lansing and the district to standardize procedures for using facilities or equipment for the parks and recreation purposes of both parties.

¢ Approved, 8-0, a memorandum of understanding between local law enforcement and the district renewing the district's policy of contacting and utilizing law enforcement.

¢ Heard Lansing Intermediate School principal Jan Jorgensen congratulate fifth-grader Hailey Budke for taking first place in the regional Kansas PTA Citizenship Essay Contest. Budke's entry will go to the state level for judging this month.

Jorgensen also commended LHS choral director Jonnie Brice for presenting a dress rehearsal of "Seussical the Musical" to fourth- and fifth-graders.

Board president Shelly Gowdy acknowledged Brice's efforts with Sound Spectrum and the choir's performance at the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 7.

¢ Heard Lansing Elementary principal Tim Newton report that more than $20,000 was raised through a recent PTA fundraiser, which featured frozen food sales.

Newton also reminded board members that the PTA's annual event, Breakfast with Santa, would be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15,

¢ Reviewed potential changes to United Health Care medical coverage for employees in 2008.

Although not an action item, Bagby recommended retaining United for a second year.

"The majority of folks are pleased with the service and want to continue using United Health Care," Bagby said.

The plan would be a 3.1 percent increase in premiums over what was paid in 2007, and employees would co-pay $40 to see a specialist. The current co-pay to see a general practitioner is $20.

¢ Voted, 8-0, to accept a $585 donation in memory of William Spinner.

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