CBS47 On Your Side: Bullard Band can now practice on their football field. Students say, “We are grateful to CBS47, and the community!”


CBS47 has an update to a story we first brought you last week.

Members of the Bullard High School Marching Band will be allowed to practice on their own football field.

Last week, band members told CBS47 that school administrators said the band could not use the field, so they called CBS47 On Your Side for help.

We looked into it and discovered the Fresno Unified School District created a new rule this year, not to allow any band in the district to practice on their own football field.

But after several parent meetings, along with school administrator gatherings, the district released the following statement to CBS47.

“Bullard administration is working on solidifying a schedule that will give the band occasional access to the field as they prepare for competition season.”

Fresno Unified School District

By the way, the official finalized schedule is expected later this week.

Bullard band boosters say they are cautiously optimistic.

Bullard High Band Booster President, Anthony Raimondo says, “Obviously there are scheduling issues between the various activities that have to be worked out. But we’ve been told the kids are going to get fair access to the fields and a process for everybody to share the field. We are real happy about that.”

As CBS47 was the first to report, the band was forced to move from their previous area due to a sprinkler problem.

The students claim they were told by school officials they couldn’t use the field because they’d wear down the grass.

Bullard High Marching Band President, Marena Moua says, “It would just be a lot easier if the district would support us and let us use the field.”
CBS47 Investigative Reporter Erik Rosales asks, “It is just kind of ironic that you guys wear tennis shoes?”
Moua says, “Yes and then football players wear cleats on the field.”

The students then took to social media and petition, which they collected 7,500 signatures.

Now the band is being allowed to use the football field.

Parents and students say without the help of CBS47 On Your Side, this would not have been possible.

Raimondo says, “By jumping on it right away I think really helped us get some momentum to gather signatures for the petition and get the districts attention. So that the right result occurred. So we are definitely thrilled that you were on our side.”

Band members tell CBS47 they will now be ready for competition.

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