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Move to Hays Middle School under way




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The move is on.

Employees of "Get a Move On," a Wichita moving company, arrived Monday morning for the move from Kennedy Middle School to Hays Middle School.

The board of education voted last year to close Kennedy at the end of the school year and move those students to Felten Middle School, now HMS.

The board accepted a bid in May from the company that the cost of the move was not to exceed $29,956. The company projected it would take five days.

"The movers showed up with four huge Ryder trucks," Deputy Superintendent Richard Cain said. "They had 15 people with them."

Movers had made approximately seven trips between the two schools by Monday evening, said Craig Pallister, HMS principal.

To prepare for the move, Pallister and HMS assistant principal Shanna Dinkel went through the Kennedy building and listed each item.

"That's a huge project," Cain said.

Pallister and Dinkel selected what was needed at the combined middle school. Then the list went to the staff at other district buildings. They had a chance to select any items they could use for their buildings.

Finally, the list was shown to representatives of the Catholic Diocese of Salina, which owns the building that housed Kennedy.

The Diocese has a list of items, such as tables and chairs, they would like to buy from the district, Cain said.

Cain said that would keep the district from having to dispose of them through some other outlet.

The items will be presented at Monday's board meeting as surplus items.

"So far, the move has gone very well," Cain said.