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Money issues top school board agenda

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

Money issues will dominate the board of education meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Toepfer Board Room at the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th Street.

The board will consider approving bids for the purchase and installation of flooring in the new Hays High School weight room. Completion date for the approximately 5,456 square feet of rolled rubber flooring is listed as June 1 on the bid sheet.

A building use fee schedule for district buildings once again is listed on the agenda for action. Board members first considered the item April 2. They discussed the issue, with no consensus, at their work session last Monday. Administrators recommend approving the current fee schedule.

Board members will consider hiring HTK architects to conduct a facilities study.

"The (cost of the) HTK study is $60,000. If you run a successful bond issue, you get half of that back," Deputy Superintendent Richard Cain told the board last week.

The facilities study likely would take three to six months, Superintendent Will Roth said.

The study is the first step in upgrading and improving facilities, the No. 1 goal in the strategic planning sessions the board contracted with the Docking Institute of Public Affairs to facilitate.

Board members James Leiker and Greg Schwartz chair the committee that will oversee conducting internal and external needs assessments.

Assessments will include generating a prioritized list of needs from school principals and a facilities study.

Also on the agenda is a contract with Hays Medical Center for the use of the swimming pool, and Fort Hays State University for use of Lewis Field for the 2012-13 school year.