Archive for Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Free State High School band uniforms up for approval

June 25, 2011


Members of the marching band at Free State High School would get new uniforms for the coming year under a bid package up for approval Monday night by the Lawrence school board.

The district would buy 200 replacement uniforms for the band, hiring Fruhauf Uniforms Inc. to make new ones for $105,000.

The band’s existing outfits have been in use for all 14 of the school’s years, and the jackets, accessories and — perhaps most of all — white pants are showing their age, officials said.

Board members discussed the prospects two weeks ago and asked administrators to work out a deal.

The district sought bids from four companies. Fruhauf’s was lowest, followed by a $109,150 package from DeMoulin Bros. & Company; two other companies could not meet the district’s specifications.

The board is set to conduct its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at district headquarters, 100 McDonald Drive, after starting with an executive session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss teacher negotiations.

Also Monday, board members are scheduled to:

• Welcome Kyle Hayden, the district’s incoming chief operations officer.

• Receive a presentation from Superintendent Rick Doll regarding outgoing board members Mary Loveland, Marlene Merrill, Rich Minder and Scott Morgan.

• Approve Property & Liability Insurance & Educator’s Liability for the 2011-12 school year.

• Approve a repair contract for band and orchestra instruments.

• Approve a Letter of Agreement with Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.

• Buy additional textbooks, various materials and OdysseyWare licenses for the coming school year.

• Approve a change order for King’s Construction work in the parking lots at South Junior High and Broken Arrow schools.

• Approve a work schedule for Pacific Educational Group for the coming school year.

• Renew Workers Compensation Excess Insurance.

• Approve an agreement for Workers Compensation Third Party Administration for the coming school year.

• Approve replacement of a dish machine at Deerfield School.

• Receive reports regarding: preliminary results regarding Adequate Yearly Progress in the district and its schools; the board’s Educational Equity & Excellence Plan; and the board’s 2010-11 goals.


Tristan Moody 6 years, 2 months ago

If it ends up being Fruhauf (most likely), they're the ones that did Free State's original uniforms, as well as KU's uniforms. Bonus: they're a Kansas company, out of Wichita.

kuguardgrl13 6 years, 2 months ago

The uniforms "lasted" 14 years, but the pants are WHITE. Free State band students aren't allowed to sit down during games or festivals unless they're wearing a pair of scrubs over them. I think (or at least I hope for the students' sake) that they will follow KU and LHS and get black pants. They'll look cleaner and show less wear over the years. Fruhauf is a good company, and they will produce a good product that will last another 14 or more years and look sharp on the field. Although, the current uniforms may need to last another year or two. LHS took a few years to get theirs finished when they changed.

Andrew Boyd 6 years, 2 months ago

I marched in those white pants at free state and do remember the not being able to sit unless you had scrubs and so on. Though the white pants add an element to the show that you just don't get with the black. It's time for them to go. I do hope however that the piece across the chest is incorporated into the new uniforms.

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