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New Wadsworth band uniforms in works

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WADSWORTH — For the first time in 13 years, the Wadsworth High School marching band will be decked out on game day in new uniforms.

The cost for this fashion statement: $116,500.

Superintendent Andrew Hill said the district and the Wadsworth Band Boosters contributed funds to an account annually that will be used to purchase the new red and white uniforms.

“It is $5,000 every year, and our band boosters matches that,” Hill said during a school board meeting Monday evening. “We have this ongoing amount of money that we put in, so that when it comes time to be able to actually have to purchase the uniforms it is not some type of huge unexpected expense.”

Hill said the account used to purchase the band uniforms has $69,992.49. An additional $25,000 from the Wadsworth Band Boosters that is in a money market account will also go toward the uniforms, bringing the available funds to $95,919.49.

Hill told board members that both the district and band boosters would be due to each add another $5,000 into the account for the uniforms, leaving the district roughly $10,000 short.

“I would like to suggest to (the board) for consideration that we would bring this back at our January meeting and rather than make a transfer of $5,000, we make a transfer of $15,500 to allow for the full purchase of these uniforms,” Hill said.

Hill said there was a time between 2011 and 2013 that the district was experiencing some financial difficulty and it did not make the annual $5,000 transfer into the uniform fund.

The district will purchase 225 band uniforms and 225 raincoats through Stanbury Uniforms Inc.

Board member Julie Batey said she has seen the effort put into maintaining the district’s band uniforms, and agreed it was time to purchase new uniforms and raincoats for band members.

Hill said he was not seeking any action on the uniforms Monday evening, but was seeking input from board members before the purchase was placed on the agenda for the board’s January meeting, with a goal of having them ordered by February.

Hill thanked the band boosters for their dedication and efforts in raising funds for the uniforms.

“This is a large expense and if we didn’t have that group working hard doing concessions multiple nights a week throughout most of the year and all of the other things that they do, this would be a lot larger expense coming out of our operating budget,” Hill said.

Contact Reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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