Berryville High School Band looking at buying new uniforms

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BERRYVILLE -- Superintendent Randy Byrd's contract wasn't the only thing on the agenda at last week's regular School Board meeting.

The board also heard from high school band director Drew Morris on the need for new uniforms.

"Our uniforms are pretty old," Morris said. "We've had them for about 10 years, and Fayetteville had them 10 years before that."

Morris estimated that the total cost for the uniforms would be approximately $40,000, "on the higher side." Through Fred J. Miller, Inc., a uniform company, uniforms cost between $320 and $350 each, and Morris said they would need to order enough for 80 or 90 kids.

The board didn't take any action on approving the purchase yet, as Morris said he would be back next month with more information and a drawing of what the new uniforms would look like -- something more modern and bold, with clean lines.

"I thought you'd like to have a heads up," Morris told the School Board.

In other business, the School Board:

* Approved hiring Melva Tibbets as a middle school paraprofessional and Latisha Smith as a middle school special education paraprofessional.

* Was informed that the school district purchased a 2004 GMC Crew Cab 2500 SLE from Berryville Ford for $13,500 on Jan. 17 to use as a maintenance truck and to transport football equipment for away games. The School Board gave the district permission to spend up to $20,000 on a new truck at its Oct. 28, 2013, meeting.

* Recognized Vonda Bailey, president, for becoming a "master board member," meaning she has at least 50 hours of school board training.

* Appointed David Waller as its legislative liaison with the Arkansas School Boards Association.

* Approved the monthly financial report. With expenditures of nearly $1.2 million and a revenue of over $2.45 million, the school's operating fund ended December with a balance of just over $3.9 million.

* Approved two FBLA fundraisers to raise money for the state conference in Little Rock. The FBLA students will be raffling off two $100 gift cards to Wal-Mart.

* Approved the addition of Tara Davis, Katelyn Hodge and Melissa Jackson to the district's substitute teacher list.

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