Archive for Thursday, June 17, 2010

District approves new band uniforms

June 17, 2010

After 14 years using the same uniforms, the Basehor-Linwood High School marching band will don a new style.

At Monday night’s Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting, the board unanimously approved a request from band director Curtis Westbrook to buy new uniforms. Westbrook pointed out to board members the problems with the current uniforms, which included some students resorting to duct tape to make their band attire wearable.

“The main concern is the wear and tear,” Westbrook said. “Especially with the pants. The pants are frayed and clasps and buttons have fallen off. I would say we definitely need to do this within the next two to five years.”

In addition to a few worn uniforms, Westbrook presented an original uniform he designed himself with his students in mind.

“I designed this uniform to have a chip on its shoulder,” he said with a laugh. “I wanted it to be aggressive and clean.”

Some features of the new uniforms Westbrook mentioned were headwear and an optional detachable overlay, both of which the band students do not currently have. The overlay, Westbrook said, would provide not only a decorative aspect but also extra warmth for students as football season rolls into colder fall months.

The uniform with the overlay would cost about $300, Westbrook said, and $200 without it.

Three options existed for the board to decide upon, Westbrook said. The current worn uniforms could be dry cleaned and mended as best as possible, or only the pants could be replaced, or the board could agree to buy entirely new uniforms.

To the delight of Westbrook and no doubt his band students, the board agreed to seek bids for all new uniforms and award the project to the lowest bidding company.

“I am thrilled,” Westbrook said after the meeting. “The board and administration have always been very supportive in funding and staffing all of our music programs. This has been a long process, but well worth it. The students and parents are more than excited, and even some of our band alumni have contacted me to congratulate us.”

Also on Monday night, the board:

• Conducted a hearing on republishing the 2009-2010 budget. No comments were made.

• Conducted a hearing on closing the Sixth Grade Center. No comments were made.

• Approved, 7-0, to republish the 2009-2010 budget.

• Approved, 7-0, to close the Sixth Grade Center effective at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

• Recognized the Basehor-Linwood High School softball team for winning the 4A state championship.

• Discussed changing a few course and graduation requirements for the high school during the 2010-2011 school year. The changes include turning the freshman reading class into a freshman transition class to help freshmen students transition into high school successfully. The resource life skills class will change to a resource finance literacy class, and the personal finance class will be offered as an elective course, not a requirement. The board later approved these changes, 7-0.

• Discussed renewing the district’s property and liability insurance.

• Heard a construction report from Chris Claflin, who said a lot of progress had been made on the new middle school in the last two weeks. The building’s inside is entirely protected from rain now, and landscaping has begun. The Health and Wellness Center construction is going well, too, he said, with the roof being poured this week and much of the plumbing already completed.

• Approved, 7-0, the 2010-2011 ratified negotiated agreement.

• Approved, 7-0, a 2010-2011 administrative and classified staff salary proposal.

• Approved, 7-0, a baseball field drainage upgrade.

• Approved, 7-0, to upgrade the Trane system at Basehor-Linwood High School.

• Approved, 7-0, a bid for bleachers at Basehor-Linwood Middle School in the amount of $89,275.

• Approved, 7-0, to use PCI Building Services for custodial duties at Basehor-Linwood Middle School.

• Approved, 7-0, to buy flooring for the Health and Wellness Center in an amount not to exceed $41,000.

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