The Commerce Journal

March 29, 2013

Band receives top awards at UIL competition

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — It was a good day to be a band member in attendance at the March 21 Commerce Independent School District School Board meeting.

For the third year in a row under Commerce Band Director David Polk’s leadership, the Commerce High School band received a superior rating at the UIL band competition.

The school board also recognized more than 15 band students for their individual performances in the competition.

The purchase of the top part of new band uniforms was approved by the school board to go into the budget next year.

The tops for the band will cost approximately $18,000.

Superintendent Blake Cooper was saddened to see total enrollment down again.

The school has 51 less students than this time last March.

“This is not good because that’s a loss in funding,” he said.

On a brighter note, the 83rd Texas Legislature recently approved putting $1.5 billion back into the budget for public schools.

“Our senator, Dr. Deuell, has been a key player in this,” he said.

Cooper also mentioned that although it is 51 less than this month last year, overall, with a current enrollment of 1,549, the district is only down one student overall compared to last year.