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BOE elects to hire business manager




The Hays USD 489 central office structure is changing.

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The Hays USD 489 central office structure is changing.

Board of Education members voted 6-0 Monday night -- board member Danielle Robben was absent -- to conduct a search for a business manager to replace Deputy Superintendent Richard Cain, who is retiring Sept. 1.

Randy Gustafson, a former Hays city manager and board consultant, recommended the position be "filled by an MBA who's had experience in management, human relations, and that my research has indicated that you may be able to fill the position locally."

The business manager would report to the superintendent.

Josh Waddell asked if the job description list of duties was too much for one person.

Once hired, the business manager and superintendent would decide what areas are working well and what areas might need additional help or staff, Gustafson said.

In the meantime, support staff and Superintendent Will Roth will handle Cain's duties rather than hiring an accounting firm to assist temporarily.

"Cheryl (Shubert, director of accounting), Melea (Kraemer, payroll manager) and Renae (Booth, board treasurer) do the bookkeeping just fine," Roth said.

He recommended "that if an interim superintendent is in place for the month of September, I will cover Richard's duties in the office as well as help the new interim superintendent transition."

However, after an executive session, the board tabled a decision on hiring an interim superintendent.

The board also voted to advertise openings for a counselor and two nurses.

James Leiker said he has heard concern from parents about "what to do when a student is being disruptive at that time when they don't have access to a counselor."

With the added staff, each of the three larger elementary schools -- Roosevelt, O'Loughlin and Wilson -- will have a full-time counselor and nurse. Lincoln and Washington Elementary schools still will share a counselor and a nurse.

The board authorized board president Greg Schwartz to sign a contract with Shannon Demel as Hays Middle School interim assistant principal; a term sheet with Thomas More Prep-Marian High School for use of Victory Road; a contract for vendor rights with Pepsi; a rental agreement with Glassman Corp. for a portable chiller at Roosevelt; and an agreement with Clayton Holdings for financing construction of the HMS FEMA classrooms.

In other business, the board:

* Approved the budget for fiscal year 2014.

* Approved the purchase of two buses, an activity bus for $164,224 and a route bus for $142,135.

* Appointed Cheryl Shubert, board clerk, to approve purchase orders.

* Approved the revised board meeting calendar.

* Accepted resignations from Jennifer Grabbe and David Simpson, teacher/family assistants, Early Childhood Connections; Lindzie Rambat, Wilson Elementary School after-school care assistant; Madison Jones, Roosevelt Elementary School assistant after-school care director; Katherine Cobo, part-time bus driver; Carlyn Jorgensen, Hays High School dance team sponsor; and April Klaus, ECC teacher assistant.

* Approved maternity leave for Chelsea Beisner, HHS special ed para.

* Approved intra-district transfers for Shannon Demel, Hays Middle School interim assistant principal; Betsy Forinash, Lincoln teacher; and Monique Holmes, ECC parent educator.

* Approved provisional employment for Erin Flax, Wilson half-time teacher; Diane Muirhead, Wilson/O'Loughlin nurse; Mary Arnberger, Washington tech assistant; Erin Merklein, Wilson after-school care assistant; Brittany Scruby, Lisa Pickering, Donna Juenemann and Deanna Gray, HHS special ed paras; Alyssa Crawford, Ellis High School special ed para; Deanna Shelton, La Crosse High School special ed para; Carol Schaffer, O'Loughlin special ed para; Anna Westhusin and Hector Ramos Solis, O'Loughlin ESOL paras; Javier Landa, Kelly Horigan and Elesha Tryon, Washington ESOL paras; Shayla Randle, HHS dance team sponsor; Brent Kaiser, HHS assistant cross country coach; Fred Winter, HHS assistant boys' basketball coach; Zach Binder, HMS assistant eighth-grade football coach; Scott Lindenmeyer, HMS eighth-grade football coach; Caitlyn Wark, HMS head seventh- and eighth-grade tennis coach; Allison Kitchen, HMS assistant seventh-grade volleyball coach; and Chris Walters, HMS head seventh- and eighth-grade track coach.