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CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Away football games for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD high schools are going to be much quieter this fall.

The district voted Thursday night to cut the travel budget for the marching bands at each of the district’s four high schools.

CFBISD Fine Arts Director Jim McDaniel says the decision came down to keeping the bands marching at road games, or losing a teacher.  In his estimate, the district stands to save $50,000 this school year on travel costs.

Newman-Smith, R.L. Turner, Creekview and Ranchview High Schools are the four schools that will be impacted.

McDaniel said there had been talk of scaling down the size of the band that travels, but said the schools want to keep each of their band students involved.

KRLD’s L.P. Phillips Reports:

Other districts across the state have made similar decisions to save money.  McDaniel says the blame lies with the state legislature for failing to provide enough money to schools across the state.

The bands will still play at all of their school’s home football games and will still travel to UIL-related band events.

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