School board talks changes, band uniforms

Grand Band Director Bill Large displays the current marching uniforms, last ordered in 2002.

Photo by April Walker

There will be changes made to the DAEP/ABP program at Fairfield in the upcoming school year. Currently, Fairfield is in a cooperative with Buffalo ISD, Dew ISD, and Wortham ISD for students in alternative classes for behavior and disciplinary issues.

Buffalo recently informed FISD of their intent to pull out of the coop due to rising costs. Rather than accept the dramatic increase in costs, the board of managers – made up of superintendents from each district – chose to dissolve the cooperative effective July 1. There will still be an alternative school in Fairfield but it will now be housed at the high school campus under Principal Von Wade and the school will hire one teacher to oversee the class.

The school board approved new uniforms for the Grand Band from Eagle Land. Band Director Bill Large reported 143 usable uniforms, but said he is anticipating 180 to 200 students in the marching band next year. It has been 14 years since uniforms were purchased. DeMoulin Uniform Company, of Greenville, Illinois, won the bid for uniforms.

I am extremely excited about these new uniforms,” said Large. “Number one, because we'll have enough. I'm expecting between 190 to 200 band members next year.” This expected band will be one of the biggest ever, according to Large.

Large said the band will keep the white top style with the maroon lapel and maroon pants.

Six people were recognized by the school board last week for excellence in various fundraising activities.


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