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Facilities committee will not change

4/9/2013

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

There will be no change in the composition of the Hays USD 489 facilities needs committee.

"After talking with the board attorney (Bill Jeter), I have no plans in changing membership of that committee through July 1," Darren Schumacher, board president, said at Monday's work session.

The question of having a possible four voting members of the board on a committee charged with making a recommendation for immediate and long-term strategies to address facility needs to the full seven member board was brought up Friday at the committee meeting.

Schumacher said the board would discuss the perception of having a majority vote on the committee at the work session.

"It will continue to be James (Leiker), Greg (Schwartz) and myself." Schumacher said.

"And the other members," Schwartz, board vice president, said.

Josh Waddell, also a committee member, is the fourth possible board member.

Waddell was elected April 2 to the board, but there is some question whether his election to the board will stand.

According to Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus, Waddell isn't a qualified elector because he wasn't a registered voter in Ellis County.

Waddell said he registered to vote in Ellis County in 2011 and has filed a request with the Kansas Secretary of State's office to look into his voter registration.

If Waddell's election does stand, there is a majority of the school board's decision-makers on the committee now if the vote comes after July 1. Schumacher appointed the current committee of 13 in November.

Superintendent Will Roth said before the meeting board members had some questions about Waddell's possible ineligibility to serve on the board. If Waddell is declared unqualified, the board will be asked to step in in July to fill the vacancy, Jeter said Monday afternoon.

However, no board members questioned Jeter or Roth about Waddell's eligibility during the work session.

In other business, the board discussed republishing the bilingual fund budget and hosting a public hearing Monday.

"We budgeted 29 bilingual FTE (full-time equivalent students), and in the audit we had 40 FTE. ... It's a difference of $21,873," Richard Cain, assistant superintendent, said.

The board entered executive session for 15 minutes to discuss negotiations before adjourning.

"The reason being confidentiality of such matters," Schumacher said.