The Hays USD 489 School Board will consider approval of $1.4 million federal funding request by Early Childhood Connections for the renovation of buildings being purchased by the school district that will allow it to move its center-based program from Munjor to Hays.

The meeting will be at 7 a.m. Thursday in the Teopfer Board Room of the Rockwell Administration Center.

The budget justification and narrative from Early Childhood Connections included in the agenda packet outlines the $1.4 million renovation plans for an unspecified “set of adjoining buildings being purchased by the school district” for approximately $1.9 million.

The location of the buildings is not named. The board convened in executive session in its March 6 meeting to discuss acquisition of real estate. District and ECC officials were not available Friday to elaborate on the funding request.

ECC serves children eligible for Head Start, state pre-kindergarten and early childhood block grant in five classrooms at the former Washington Elementary, 305 Main. The funding request mentions several concerns with the 92-year-old building, primarily with plumbing.

“The building has had sewer back-up into the classrooms. The maintenance department has smoked the pipes to determine the concerns. The plumbing has multiple concerns,” the narrative says.

The purchase and renovation would allow the center-based program at the Munjor School to be moved to Hays and allow for an expansion of all-day services. 

The narrative outlines the renovation costs:

• $1,113,900 to finish 24,800 square feet including new ductwork, plumbing, electrical and light fixtures, drywall, paint, doors and frames, casework, ceiling tile, floor covering, toilet specialties and miscellaneous finishes.

• $192,000 to remove existing HVAC system and other heating and cooling work.

• $167,200 for FEMA and ICC certified above-ground storm shelter with chemical toilet facilities, ADA accessibility and other optional finishings.

USD 489 will provide $386,276 in matching funds if the federal funds are granted.