Board approves drill team uniforms

Samples of the dance and drill team uniforms for Victoria East and Victoria West high schools were on display at a school board meeting, Thursday. DJ Jaynes, dance and drill team instructor at Memorial High School, will be the West instructor, while Misty Calvez, an inclusion teacher at Patti Welder Middle School, will be the instructor for East.
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    Clark Motley, assistant principal at Memorial High School, was named principal of Howell Middle School.

Names for the Victoria East and Victoria West high schools' dance and drill teams have not been released yet, but DJ Jaynes said the Victoriadores will not be used.

Jaynes, instructor for the Victoria West team, said her squad will come up with a name during a camp in August.

Dance and drill team uniform contracts for both high schools were approved at a regular board meeting Thursday.

The board voted to award a $20,995 contract to Bravo Designs for Victoria West uniforms, while a $20,449 contract was awarded to Cheers, Etc. for Victoria East uniforms.

Both teams will have 68 uniforms each.

Plans are to utilize money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the uniforms.

In December, the board also approved to use $227,839.92 in stimulus funds to purchase 225 band uniforms for each the new high schools.

In other business

Name changes were also approved by the board for Profit Magnet High School and the Career Development School.

Profit will now be called the Liberty Academy; the development school will be called the Career & Technology Institute.

The board also voted to continue to not charge out-of-district tuition.

For every out-of district student enrolled, the district will receive $5,461 in state funding in the 2010-11 school year, said Frances Koch, executive director of budget and finance. Parents of those children still pay taxes in the county they live in, Koch said.

During the 2009-10 school year, Victoria schools had 87 non-resident students enrolled.

About 53 transfer requests for secondary students and 30 pending elementary students have been made into Victoria schools for the 2010-11 school year.

A contract change to construction at Victoria West was also approved. About $66,057 in additional power and data receptacles will be added to the school.

About 2 percent of the money saved for contingency from the $159 million bond project will be used to pay for the expense.