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Love of music drives new BJH band director

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Robert Frick started the school year as new band director at Bowie Junior High School. (News photo by Barbara Green)

By BARBARA GREEN
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Robert Frick has taken his love of music and for the past 22 years worked to instill that same joy in the young people he teaches.
Frick joined the staff of Bowie Junior High School this year arriving in Bowie from the Childress Independent School District where he was high school and junior high school director the past six years.
Born in Denver, CO, the 47-year-old grew up in Arkansas and Oklahoma primarily in the Norman area. After graduating from Little Axe High School, he attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK, where he earned his bachelor of music education in 1998 and his master’s of music in 2003.
As he considered a career Frick recalls he wanted to be an electrical engineer, but laughed physics was an obstacle so he turned to his love of music. During high school and college he took part in band and choir.
“In fifth grade I wanted to play the trumpet, but my parents could not afford it, so I went to the coronet. Later I switched to tuba in eighth grade. It was better than I thought it would be,” states Frick.
In college he loved to sing and says he was on his way to be an opera singer, but he talked himself out of it noting the hard work and discipline needed for that.

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Major BISD departments make their year-end reports

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As the Bowie School District launches into its summer projects, several department heads offered their year-end reports to the trustees last Thursday.
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Wayne Walker, support services director, told the board the management team for all his departments set a goal to reduce budget expenses this year and so far they are below budget projections as the school year winds down and summer projects kick off.
As of June 6, child nutrition was $235,678.46 below budget; transportation, $217,942.20 below budget and custodial $312,277.44 below budget, for an overall projected amount of $765,898.10 below budget.
“We hope to finish August 2024 under budget to help out the district in recouping some of the adopt deficit budget for 2023-24. We are projecting in the right direction to end the fiscal year,” said Walker.

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M3 readies paint party fundraiser

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Bowie High School’s Mighty Marching Maroon Band will host a fundraiser paint party from 6-8 p.m. on June 18 in the high school cafeteria.
Cost is $30 to paint an 11 X 14 pre-traced canvas with $15 of each prepaid ticket going to the boosters. The band boosters will be providing snacks, and all supplies such as paint, brushes and canvas are provided.
Host will be Shannon Adkins of Texas Gals Creative Studio.

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Five schools ready graduation ceremonies for this weekend

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Five Montague County high schools will conclude their year with graduation ceremonies this week including Bowie, Forestburg, Gold-Burg, Nocona and Saint Jo.
Saint Jo graduates on May 23, Bowie, Nocona and Forestburg on May 24 and Gold-Burg on May 25.
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The Jackrabbits of Bowie will walk the stage at 8 p.m. on May 24 in Jackrabbit Stadium. The senior class selected Coach Aaron Chokas to be the class speaker. He is the boy’s head track coach and a Bowie graduate.

Read the full story and meet the top graduates of the five county high schools graduating this week across Montague County in your mid-week Bowie News.

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