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Stockdale Brahma Band marches to a new beat
Increase in numbers; new uniforms
STOCKDALE -- The Stockdale Brahma Band will soon sport new uniforms and an increase in the number of band members.
According to Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) Superintendent Paul Darilek after the June 10 board of trustees meeting, the Stockdale Band Boosters raised more than $7,500 for new band uniforms for students in the eighth grade and high school bands.
According to the band boosters, the current uniforms date back 11 years and are in dire need of replacement.
Darilek said he is “very proud” of the Band Boosters for their donation. He explained the trustees had to amend the budget to include the donation, designated for band uniforms.
The donation comes as the band membership is anticipated to almost double.
The band performs on the field during football games. Their surroundings there also will change, as improvements to the track are scheduled this summer. The total estimated costs are between $500,000 and $700,000. The project will be funded from the $500,000 assigned for the track complex during the May meeting.
The board also approved advertising for bids to relocate the grandstand and press box, so the projects will be completed for the start of the football season.
In another sports-related issue, the board hired Ricardo Marquez and James C. Lynn as teacher/coaches for the school district during a special May 31 called meeting.
Another change will be the school’s representative on the Wilson County Appraisal District. Ray Wolff, who has served in that position since Jan. 23, resigned June 4 after being elected mayor of Stockdale.
During the June 10 meeting, the school board nominated David Deason to replace Wolff. Since the school district and the city of Stockdale are represented by the same person, this nomination also needs approval by the city council.
In a related appraisal district issue, Darilek said preliminary estimated property value for the district is down by $500,000.
Despite the ongoing Eagle Ford shale oil and gas exploration in South Texas, the Stockdale ISD is not as fortunate as some in the area regarding mineral revenue. To address finances, a budget workshop is set for Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. to prepare for the next fiscal year. Darilek said the state Legislature will increase funding to the state’s school districts, which will help.
In yet another financial matter, the district is still awaiting a decision about adding a 4K class to the elementary campus, where 20 seats will be available. This would replace the Head Start program in Stockdale. BCFS -- Statewide Transition Services was awarded the federal funds to administer the program. No other information was available as of press time.
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