Free State High School’s marching band will get new uniforms for the coming year.
Monday night, members of the Lawrence school board agreed to pursue bids for buying 200 uniforms to replace the school’s 14-year-old originals. Estimated cost: $105,000.
“If we are going to have programs, we have to realize there are costs associated with those programs,” said Scott Morgan, a board member who acknowledged the district’s “horrendous” financial constraints. “If we’re going to do it, we have to accept that responsibility.”
Board members will be expected to approve buying the uniforms June 27, after receiving bids.
In other action, board members:
• Approved extending Superintendent Rick Doll’s two-year employment contract another year, through June 2013, at his current salary of $153,011.
• Recognized Kathy Davis and Pete Curran as recipients of the district’s 2011 Outstanding Citizen Awards.
• Agreed to repave the drive lane between Lawrence High School’s main building and annex, and the south parking lot at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School; the board agreed to hire King’s Construction, for $152,750, to handle both jobs.
• Approved the 2012-13 district calendar, leaving the graduation date to be determined later.