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D-428 school board to vote on new band uniforms next meeting

Band Director Steve Lundin examines one of the DeKalb Marching Barbs' uniforms in the school's band supply room. Most of the heavy wool uniforms have tears at seams, pilling from where equipment rubs, missing buttons and irremovable stains. Pants have countless hemlines, broken zippers and worn-out leg bottoms.
Band Director Steve Lundin examines one of the DeKalb Marching Barbs' uniforms in the school's band supply room. Most of the heavy wool uniforms have tears at seams, pilling from where equipment rubs, missing buttons and irremovable stains. Pants have countless hemlines, broken zippers and worn-out leg bottoms.

DeKALB – Consensus has been reached for the DeKalb District 428 School Board to vote Feb. 20 on whether to buy new uniforms for the DeKalb High School Marching Barbs.

Marching Band Director Steve Lundin addressed the board during its Tuesday meeting and said the current uniforms are 14 years old.

“We would very much like to try and do it by next fall, so we don’t have to go through the another year of picking up the pieces and sewing them back on,” Lundin said.

Lucio Bennardo and Alexander Poesaka, two juniors at DeKalb High School, sported the two sample uniforms during the meeting and commended how breathable and comfortable they are.

Two bids came in for 165 uniforms to outfit the band: one for about $76,900 and the other for about $73,800. Since there is such a small discrepancy between the two costs, the band recommended that the uniforms be rigorously tested for quality. Since they would be machine-washable, Luddin suggested running them several times through a washing machine or attaching drums to them.

The band program currently has about $28,000 to add to the district music budget to assist in the purchase. But with two more fundraisers scheduled this year, the band is confident it can cover half the cost.

As for the other half, the band requesting the board consider a one-time increase to the district's music budget for the 2018-19 school year, in the amount of $38,000.

Worried that doing so would open the door to other extracurricular programs requesting district funds, board members instead proposed to pay a portion of the $38,000 and offer the rest as a loan.

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