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Band to refund extra inauguration money

by Christy Chalmers

Douglas County school district officials are waiting to see if a “very good problem” will turn into a very good windfall for the high school band.

The district began sending letters this week to the people whose donations helped send the marching band to Washington, D.C., to participate in President George W. Bush’s inaugural ceremonies in January.

The band needed $72,000 for the trip, but ended up with $115,000, said Rick Kester, director of business services for the school district.

“It’s a very good problem to have. That’s a pretty overwhelming response,” said Kester. “We certainly appreciate it, but we believe we should return that if it is not needed.”

The district will start by returning of public money donated by Douglas County, the town of Minden and the city of Reno.

Private individuals, businesses and other s who donated will get a letter explaining the situation. They can get a pro-rated refund that will be determined by the funds collected compared to final expenses.

As of Thursday, no one had called seeking a refund. Refund requests must be submitted by March 31.

Any remaining money will be used to replace old band instruments.