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  • Pittsburg board awards bids on instruments

  • The USD 250 Board of Education on Monday night approved a bid from Meyer Music in Overland Park to provide $29,813 worth of new musical instruments for Pittsburg High School’s band and orchestra programs.

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  • The USD 250 Board of Education on Monday night approved a bid from Meyer Music in Overland Park to provide $29,813 worth of new musical instruments for Pittsburg High School’s band and orchestra programs.
    The money for the new instruments comes entirely from a grant from the Pritchett Trust, business manager Lita Biggs said. It contributes $10,590 for two new sousaphones, $4,898 for a tuba, $3,650 for a concert xylophone, $2,350 for a rosewood vibraphone and $3,450 for a glockenspiel. It also provides $4,874 for a violin, viola, cello and bass. The remaining money from the $30,000 grant will be used to purchase other musical equipment.
    The district also received bids from Flint Hills Music in Emporia, for $22,489; Saied Music in Tulsa, Okla., for $25,000; and from Woodwind and Brasswind in Westlake Village, Calif., for $25,000. The bids from Saied and Woodwind and Brasswind were rejected because they did not bid out for the stringed instruments. The bid from Flint Hills, while for a smaller amount of money, was rejected because the instruments were not those specified by band director Cooper Neil and were of inferior quality, Biggs said.
    The board also received an update from Assistant Superintendent Brian Biermann on the district’s No Child Left Behind Standard of Excellence achievements from the spring 2012 assessments. George Nettels Elementary School achieve SOE for fifth grade reading and building-wide reading, as well as fourth and fifth grade math and building-wide math; Lakeside Elementary School achieved fifth grade reading and building-wide reading, as well as fourth and fifth grade math and building-wide math; Pittsburg Community Middle School achieved sixth, seventh and eighth grade reading and building-wide reading; and PHS achieved building-wide math.
    Biermann also told the board about the district’s new training program for substitute teachers, which takes place over three sessions in October.
    “It’s something we, as a district, probably should have done a long time ago,” Biermann said, adding that the district has more than 100 registered substitute teachers.
    Biermann said the response from the subs had been positive, and that 32 substitute teachers had taken the course last week.
    “They’re an invaluable resource for us,” he said.
    Also Monday, Superintendent Destry Brown told the board the district’s enrollment is up students. But for the purposes of state funding, with weighting categories such as free and reduced lunch and English for Speakers of Other Languages, the FTE is 116 students. The district had budgeted for 40 additional students.
    “We can pray for additional funding,” Brown said.

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