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BOE to consider facilities budget

By JUDY SHERARD
jsherard@dailynews.net

Hays USD 489 Board of Education members will review the first draft of the 2012-13 capital outlay budget at their meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Toepfer Board Room at the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th.

Capital outlay funds primarily can be used for existing facilities and building new ones, as well as purchasing technology.
Despite an expected 4 percent increase in regular district valuation, administrators estimate capital outlay revenue to decrease slightly.

Starting with a $200,000 unencumbered balance, the draft lists an estimated $2,717,000 in revenue, compared to $2,775,000 estimated last year.

The largest amount comes from ad valorem/delinquent taxes listed at $2,206,000. The second largest amount, $179,000, comes from motor vehicle and recreational vehicle taxes.

On the expense side, the district will pay more, $856,000, for leases in 2012-13, compared to $803,000 for the current year.
That total includes $124,000 for two payments on a coach bus.

The first payment included in the 2011-12 draft was listed in district infrastructure needs rather than leases, Deputy Superintendent Richard Cain said.  

However, the lease payments on the two additions at Felten Middle School will be less than the Kennedy Middle School lease for this school year.

The first of 10 payments on the six classroom metal building addition is $87,000, and the first of 10 payments for the eight classroom addition is $160,000. The eight classroom addition is being built with a Federal Emergency Management Administration grant. That total is $40,800 less than the $287,800 the district paid to lease Kennedy Middle School for the current year. Kennedy is closing at the end of the year, and all sixth- through eighth-grade students enrolled in the district will attend Felten, which will be renamed Hays Middle School.

Big ticket items on the infrastructure needs list include new gym bleachers, lockers in the boys’ locker room and additional kitchen air conditioning at what will be Hays Middle School, ongoing roof replacement at Wilson Elementary School and replacing a 33-passenger bus.

Projects funded on the building requests list include carpeting at Hays High School, a lighted exterior sign and stage curtain at Washington Elementary, restroom sinks at Lincoln Elementary, exterior doors at Wilson and four classroom ceilings at O’Loughlin Elementary.

Board members also will consider a quote from “Get a Move On,” a Wichita moving company, for the move from Kennedy to HMS.

Other items on the agenda include contracts with Hays Medical Center’s High Plains Sports Medicine and Fort Hays State University for Lewis Field.