Band will sport new uniforms Also, district will begin replacing floor coverings

By on July 18, 2012

By: MICHELLE REIFF Review Staff mreiff.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

Cocalico School Board members were able to see first-hand the high school’s new marching band attire at Monday’s meeting before approving the replacement of the 12-year-old uniforms.

Robbie Trescavage, band director, displayed the new blue, black and silver-sequined uniforms which came in at a bid of $44,461.15 for 125 of them from Fred J. Miller Inc. Although it was not the cheapest, there are several reasons he feels this is the best option in terms of wearablity.

"Wear and tear of uniform is critical," said Trescavage, "And ‘no dry cleaning’ is the number one requirement."

The uniforms Trescavage chose do not need to be dry-cleaned, and even the sequins are washable, unlike those offered by the other manufacturers. Other unique, attractive qualities include buttons that allow the wearer to fold the pant leg up to desired length, eliminating the need for hemming. This choice also was the lightest of the four and comes with a garment bag and hat box.

Trescavage noted that since the design of the uniform is currently being used by schools other than Cocalico, future availability should not be a problem.

Board member Steve Richardson questioned the necessity of the price of the purchase.

"Forty-four thousand dollars is a ton of money," he said.

Dr. Bruce Sensenig, Cocalico superintendent, justified the purchase, explaining that the department had been requesting new uniforms for several years as the district worked to curb spending.

"Generally they are replaced every five years," he said. "We are down to 80, so we felt we couldn’t put it off anymore.

Both Sensenig and Trescavage noted that even though there are just over 100 current participants in marching band, the quantity of 125 uniforms will offer needed extras in a variety of sizes for several years to come.

The supervisors also approved a $60,150 bid from Cloister Flooring of America for floor covering replacement in several district buildings. The areas, some of which have floor coverings as old as 1998, include a Reamstown computer room turned special education classroom, the high school general and administrative offices, middle school band room and library and computer rooms.

Multiple stairwells also will be getting their floors re-treaded.

"That certainly will beautify (the stairwells), but more important it is a safety thing," said Sensenig. "They’ve gotten worn pretty smooth over the years."

In other business:

? David Davies, assistant superintendent, gave an update on construction in the school district, particularly the renovation of the existing gym. According to Davies, the weight room is completely occupied and the cardio room floor is being installed this week.

The tennis court also was repaired. The completion for the entire project is slated for the middle of August.

? The board rejected a bid for wrestling mats, stating that the price of $40,477.69 was too exorbitant. Agreeing to continued advertisement, supervisors feel a microband coating in the finish is not needed but they would like to have availability of reconditioning mats.

? Supervisors approved a contract for fuel services with Talley Petroleum enterprises Inc., two-year extended term pricing with UGI for natural gas transportation service and an agreement with Creative Recycling to dispose of old electronic and technology equipment. The recycling company will come out and pick up the items.

? Tenure for six teachers and supplemental curriculum contracts (coaches, curriculum leaders, mentors, etc.) were approved.

? The board approved special education supplemental contracts with Ephrata Area School District (EASD) for the 2012-13 school year.

Several Cocalico students were attending EASD in an IU program. Through a transfer in entities, Ephrata took back those classes and made them their own. Out of the interest of these students and the continuity of their instruction, Cocalico decided to keep its students and partner with and pay Ephrata.

Sensenig is confident that the partnership is a good one and should save about $30,000 per three students.

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