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USD 489 contracts still at forefront





A discussion of directors' and administrators' contracts at the Hays USD 489 Board of Education work session Monday night drew a smaller audience than last week when the discussion was tabled.

Just three building administrators, Marty Straub, Hays High School principal; Craig Pallister, Hays Middle School principal; and Elaine Rohleder, Lincoln Elementary School principal, attended.

All of the district's building administrators and directors, but one, attended last Monday's board meeting at the board's request.

The contract issues are the Jan. 15 notice date for non-renewal to building principals, and "whether or not the board wants to have contracts, and with whom," said Greg Schwartz, board president.

"The board just needs to provide some guidance," said Bill Jeter, board attorney.

"We need to take some action Monday to give direction on those," Schwartz said.

It's back to square one for upgrading the district's wireless infrastructure.

Todd Bryant, operations technology coordinator, said aging equipment, an outdated network, more usage, devices, security and video and multimedia, as well as intermittent drops, illustrated a need for the upgrade.

Board members asked Bryant for more information before making a decision to accept a low bid of $187,050 from CDWG.

Board member Lance Bickle asked to see all of the vendor bids and a cost analysis of labor to have the district maintenance department install the new equipment.

Schwartz recommended the board policy be updated to reflect the standing technology committee, and that the committee be "smaller and more responsive."

He suggested the board consider a long-range plan for technology.

The board also asked for more information when Straub discussed proposals from Coca-Cola and Pepsi to supply soft drinks to Hays High.

"Before we start the negotiation process, it might be beneficial to see what other districts are getting," Schwartz said.

The board also had a pair of executive sessions with Superintendent Will Roth, Deputy Superintendent Richard Cain, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services Mark Hauptman and Jeter for 90 minutes to discuss negotiations, legal matters and non-elected personnel.

Board member Marty Patterson was absent.