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March 7, 2014

Straw vote favors new band uniforms

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle High School marching band will be getting new uniforms this year.

At its public work session Monday, the board indicated it favors the band getting new uniforms. They are expected to cost $50,622 or $460 per uniform by pre-paying, which includes a 3 percent discount. Otherwise, the uniforms would cost $52,188.

Superintendent John J. Sarandrea asked the board Monday if it wanted to go ahead with the purchase or put money away and wait for another year. All the board members indicated it would be best to buy them now.

They plan to vote on the purchase at their regular meeting Monday.

The reasoning is that with the closing of three elementary schools and savings in staff and other areas, the district could have more money now than it will in the future, they agreed.

“I think we should move forward,” member George Gabriel said.

“I’m excited for the kids,” added Stacey Fleo, board president.

Board member Karen Humphrey suggested the district ask a local legislator for a donation. She said state Rep. Chris Sainato had donated $5,000 in legislative initiative money the last time the district bought uniforms, and it was used to buy the raincoats.

Band director Nick Yoho told the school board last month the band needs 110 uniforms. The current uniforms are 11 years old and the band is growing in size.

The band has 72 members and next year will have about 80 to 85, he said. The extra uniforms are needed to accommodate sizes.

District business manager Joseph Ambrosini told the board he will include the purchase as expense in next school year’s budget.

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