The Glen Rose High School Band will get a makeover of sorts after the board of trustees approved the purchase of new marching uniforms Monday night.

Band Director Ray Portillo said not only did the band need an updated look, they were running out of uniforms.

“In the next few years, the band could hit 125 members,” Portillo said.

Portillo designed the new uniform in a retro military style, stating he wanted something original and unique to the school.

The uniform is red with white and silver accents, but Portillo said the uniform would include white pants for an alternate look. Portillo also pointed out that there was no black in the color scheme.

One of the perks to the new look is a snap hem for the pants. Now students can alter the length of their pants to fit their height without having to remove or add stitching.

The uniforms have custom fits for boys, girls and percussion students. Even with the daring red and white combination, Portillo said the manufacturer guaranteed the suits would not turn pink in the wash.

A senior band member modeled the uniform and said the material felt much lighter than the older, bulkier uniforms.

In other business, Junior High Principal Shirley Craft gave a report on the Junior High campus.

A total of 406 students are enrolled in Junior High with 149 in eighth grade making it the largest class.

Craft reported that the eighth graders also achieved a 93 percent pass rate on the TAKS reading test with 46 percent, or 63 students, earning commended scores. Eighth graders are now preparing for the TAKS math test.

Craft also said 48 students have already been identified as possible National Junior High Honor Society inductees for next year based on this year’s grades.

Director of Administration and Support Services Tommy Gibson asked the board to accept bids replacing 136 air conditioner units for three campuses.

Gibson said 47 units at the high school, 56 units at the junior high and 33 units at the intermediate school have been identified and marked for replacement. The units are at least 10 years old.

A preliminary cost estimate from Lochridge-Priest totaled $1,260,020 for the units and labor.

Gibson said he would like to receive bids no later than April 27, so the project can get started on June 5 and be finished before the next school year.

The board approved his request to ask for competitive sealed proposals.

The board also approved the Regional Transportation Council Clean Fleet Vehicle Policy. By adopting the policy, the district is eligible to apply for a grant reimbursing up to 45 percent of the purchase price for newer school buses.

Superintendent Wayne Rotan said three buses, year models 1989, 1990 and 1991, have been marked for replacement.

The buses will cost approximately $300,000 to replace and the district could receive up to $135,000 in reimbursements through the North Central Texas Clean Bus Program.

“The (retired) buses will have a hole bored in the engine and a wedge cut in the frame. Basically, they have to be scraped.” Rotan said.

The new buses must be a 2004 year model or newer.

The board also approved the renewal of numerous teacher and staff contracts at all campuses in the district.