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Hays USD 489 staff and administrators will receive raises for the coming year.

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Hays USD 489 staff and administrators will receive raises for the coming year.

The board of education voted 5-0 to approve a 2.5-percent raise for non-union employees, which includes classified staff and administrators.

Board member Marty Patterson and Greg Schwartz, vice president, were absent.

The raise includes all administrators except Richard Cain, who will receive a salary adjustment to reflect his title of deputy superintendent rather than a raise. Cain's prior title was assistant superintendent for finance. He has been serving as deputy superintendent for more than a year.

Administrators and non-union employees also will make the transition from the early retirement plan offered to a 403(b) plan and participate in the health insurance discount requirement.

The pay increase excludes custodians, who negotiate their own contract.

Board members also voted 5-0 to approve an agreement with the Hays-NEA that would add $1,200 to each salary cell on the teachers' salary schedule, and allows teachers to move horizontally on the schedule.

The teachers already have ratified the agreement.

"We had some very difficult issues this year," Superintendent Will Roth said of the negotiations. "There was a lot of give and take, and the working relationship we established, and I hope we continue, was textbook example of how interest-based bargaining should work."

Administrators presented a budget of $50,250,415, to be published before the budget hearing Aug. 20.

Actual enrollment is projected to be 2,868, the same as last year. However, the weighted amount is 4,562.7 full-time equivalent students. The district receives weighting for transportation, special education and at-risk students. The base state aid per pupil for the year is $3,838, an increase of $58 from last year.

In other business the board accepted the high bid of $365,904 from Diehl Oil Inc. for the purchase of Shiveley Field on West 12th.

The board decided to solicit sealed bids for the property because it's "no longer of legitimate use to the district," Cain said.

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At Monday's Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting, the board approved the following president's committee and board appointments: ESEA Title I, Richard Kraemer; Early Childhood Connections Council, James Leiker; Technology Committee, Sharon Befort and Lance Bickle; USD 489 Foundation for Educational Excellence Board, Greg Schwartz and Tammy Wellbrock.

In other business, the board:

* Accepted resignations from Kelley Rohn, O'Loughlin technology assistant; Rebbecca Hammeke, special ed para; and Sarah Nuss, special ed records clerk.

* Approved maternity leave for Rose Carter, Wilson evening custodian.

* Approved Karen Staab's transfer from O'Loughlin principal's secretary to Wilson library secretary.

* Approved provisional employment for Carrie Tholstrup, HMS reading/language arts teacher; Jennifer Taggart, Westside special ed teacher; Gena Feldt, Holy Family special ed para and teacher; Kileigh Cure, HMS assistant track coach; Samuel Omoarelojie, TLC/HMS computer lab supervisor; April Green and Penny McGinnis, Roosevelt special ed paras; Mackenzie Flinn, Munjor morning ECC teacher assistant; Daniel Leis, Linda Mader, Mark Kellerman and Terry Blide, bus drivers; Evelyn Kough, Washington principal's secretary; Andrea Herreman, ECC teacher assistant/family worker; and Bruce Rupp, HMS athletic director.