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Restrooms at HHS athletic fields on the agenda


Improvement projects at Hays High School and Hays Middle School were on the USD 489 Board of Education work session discussion list Monday night.

District administrators have been approached by a local company with a proposal to construct restrooms near the Hays High School baseball and soccer fields.

The board gave the approval in January to investigate the costs of constructing the restrooms.

The donor is offering to foot some of the cost of construction.

Deputy Superintendent Richard Cain estimated the district's share at approximately $23,500 for a holding tank, fixtures, electrical and other costs.

The money would come from the capital outlay budget.

The restrooms would use a holding tank since there is no sewer lines, and installing them is costly. Ongoing costs to empty and dump the tank would depend on how much the facility is used.

The district rents portable restrooms for approximately $175 during the seasons the fields are used.

Cain estimated 20 baseball games and eight soccer matches are played on the fields during a season, plus practices.

The donor has proposed a "stick construction" building. Board vice president Greg Schwartz asked district architect Terry Ault to find out the cost for a concrete block structure instead and report back to the board.

Cain also presented bids for replacing the Hays Middle School bleachers.

"The bleachers at the middle school are actually older than the ones we replaced at (Hays High School). We've been doctoring the frame and the wheels for a long time," Cain said.

The bid was for wooden decked bleachers, and Schwartz asked Cain to price aluminum bleachers as a better long-term option.

The board also agreed to extend an invitation to the five board of education candidates to attend the Feb. 18 meeting. Each candidate will have an opportunity to speak briefly to the board.