DeKALB – The DeKalb High School Marching Barbs may be receiving 170 new uniforms to replace their 14-year-old ones.
A bid and funding agreement up for consideration by the DeKalb School District 428 Board at its Tuesday meeting could supply the school’s marching band with the new duds.
After testing two sample uniforms from vendors over the past two weeks, the Marching Barbs are recommending that the school board accept a $73,800 bid from Romeoville-based Bandman’s Co. A second proposal for $76,900 also was considered.
The band program is proposing to split the cost of the new uniforms with the school district. The school board will consider a proposal to spend about $37,000 out of the district budget, $24,900 of which will be a loan to the band program to be paid back over five years, to cover its portion. The band program would cover the rest of the cost through previous fundraising.
At their last school board meeting, members raised concerns that a $37,000 increase to the music budget could lead other extracurricular programs to ask the board for additional funds, which led to the idea of a loan agreement.
Also on Tuesday’s agenda will be a vote to approve a proposal for an additional 17 certified positions, including teachers and social workers, for fiscal 2019 in order to support the growing operational needs of the district.
The additional certified and noncertified positions would amount to about $685,000 more in annual base salary and $266,000 more in benefits. Noncertified positions amounting to $48,600 in annual base salary and about $22,000 in benefits costs also will be included.
The school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the district Education Center, 901 S. Fourth St.