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Committee gets OK; turf doesn't

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

A committee of 13 people will be asked to conduct a facilities needs study and make recommendations to the Hays USD 489 Board of Education.

At the board meeting Monday night, the board unanimously voted to accept the names of parents, community members and three board members appointed to the committee by Board President Darren Schumacher. The names were submitted by the board and by those interested in serving on the committee but not contacted by a board member.

Those on the committee are Paul Briseno, Tom Drees, Patrick Lowry, Todd Powell, Nick Schwien, Josh Waddell, Brian Weimer, Tammy Wellbrock, Aaron White, Bryce Young and board members Darren Schumacher, Greg Schwartz and James Leiker.

"There's good parent representation from almost all the schools, (and) good business community representation," Schumacher said.

The committee will be asked to look at what the district's needs are -- the facilities, including a facilities study conducted by HTK Architects, and enrollment numbers and projections. When finished, the committee will be asked to bring a proposal to the board to address immediate and long-range goals.

Board member Alan Moore said the idea is for the district to be proactive not reactive, and the committee also should have access to the Docking Institute Survey completed in 2011.

"I'd like to see this committee come forth with a plan of what do we need to look like as a school district 20, 25 years down the road ... that can actually get passed and funded."

Board Vice President Greg Schwartz said he would like the committee to bring the board a recommendation by the end of the school year, but the timeline could be flexible if they needed more time.

* A motion made by Rich Kraemer to put artificial turf on the Hays High School baseball field and soccer/football field died for lack of a second.

Kraemer said some patrons have told him they think it's a worthwhile project, but this isn't the right time.

"Tell me when there is going to be a right time. I think all things considered it is definitely a need right now. ... Even in the long-range plans, no matter how we go forward, that these fields will need to be turfed. I think it's money well spent."

"I'm not comfortable doing it now before the facilities needs study comes back," Schwartz said.

"What I'm concerned about is the local, state and federal government hasn't given us any long-term solutions to anything yet. Until those people can give us some answers five, six years out, I have a hard time going 10 years," board member Marty Patterson said of the 10-year projection to pay for the fields out of capital outlay money.

Moore asked the coaches and administrators to look at alternatives, such as playing some games at Larks Park.

The board also voted 6-1 to reject bids to finance the turf, with Kraemer voting against.

In other business, the board:

* Accepted resignations from Robin Bailey and Kelly Parson, bus drivers; Amber Lutz, special ed para and breakfast supervisor; Kathy Yunker and Linda J. Hammerschmidt, Hays High assistant cooks; Rose Carter, Wilson evening custodian; Sharri Coffey, ECC parent educator; Christen Borchers, Roosevelt after-school care assistant; Angelia Schaard, ECC para; Jessica Anderson, Wilson after-school care assistant; Krista Gottschalk, Hays High special ed para; and Graciela Santiago, migrant para and data clerk.

* Approved retirement of Connie Walters, special ed para.

* Approved a termination of work agreement for Jeremy Tucker, O'Loughlin custodian.

* Approved provisional employment of Cheryl Shubert, board clerk/director of accounting; Claude Lemon, head mechanic; Mayla Moore, bus driver; Karen Smith, Title I secretary; Kristen Osborne, special ed para/O'Loughlin crossing guard; Tammy Wittman and Gail Roach, Hays High special ed paras; Amy Sterling, Victoria Elementary special ed para; Alyse Ferguson, Lincoln after-school care assistant substitute; Scott Lindenmeyer, Karlie Boyd, Brett Jensen and Abby Maska, HMS instructional league girls' basketball coaches; and Abby Maska, Hays High girls' assistant basketball coach.