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BSHS band director Harris declines Permian post

June 26, 2012

Not so fast now …

Days after tentatively agreeing to take the reins of the Odessa Permian High School band program, Big Spring High School Band Director Rocky Harris has decided to remain at his current position.

Harris, who has overseen the BSHS band program for the past 17 years, had tentatively agreed to take the Permian post last week, but reversed his decision Monday.

”I just felt it wouldn't be in the best interest of my family to take the Permian job,” Harris said. “There were a variety of reasons. First, Big Spring has been good to me and my family. Then, with the inflated housing market (in Odessa) and other factors, I just decided it would be best to stay where I am.”

Harris said he was approached by Ector County Independent School District officials about the Permian vacancy about three weeks ago.

“I felt like … I should take a look at it,” he said. “After the initial discussions, I thought it would be good move for me to make, but it just didn't work out.”

Harris' decision to stay in charge of the Steer Band was greeted with enthusiasm by his boss at BSHS.

“We're just ecstatic,” BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey said. “He's been a big part of the Pride Drive for years … and we were extremely saddened when we thought we'd lose him, but we're very excited he's decided to stay.”

Harris said he will now turn his attention to the coming school year.

“I'm looking forward to continuing on here,” he said. “We're expecting some wonderful things in the coming year. It's been good for me here, and I'm looking forward to that continuing.”

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