Board to discuss activities budgets
By JUDY SHERARD
The USD 489 Board of Education work session Monday night will be the first for Interim Superintendent Dean Katt, who began his duties Sept. 1. Katt will take over from Superintendent Will Roth, who's retiring Oct. 1.
The work session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Board Room at the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th Street.
The board will discuss extracurricular activity and classroom budgets.
"I want to discuss the issue of our sports program budgets and our other extra-curricular activity budgets," board member Josh Waddell said at the Aug. 19 meeting. "I know several years ago, cuts were made, and those are all areas in which the cuts were made explicitly. I realize there is a perception that we spend a lot of money on extracurriculars, when in all reality, some of the numbers that I rounded up from 2 and 3A schools around us are substantially greater than what we're spending on our 5A programs."
Hays High School athletic director Clint Albers gathered numbers for comparisons by surveying other school districts. Albers listed 21 categories, such as administrative or athletic director, football, volleyball, dance and swimming.
According to Albers' figures, Hays High, a class 5A school, spends a total of $28,015 on those activities. Budgeted amounts vary greatly at other districts responding to the survey, and some require participants to pay a fee ranging from $30 to $100, according to Albers' information.
Board member Lance Bickle asked at the Aug. 19 meeting classroom budgets be included in the discussion.
The district added money to the classroom budgets for the current year, "but that's been cut for a long, long time," former Deputy Superintendent Richard Cain said at the last meeting.
Teachers have been spending their own money, board president Greg Schwartz said.
"I think to the extent they're not doing that, it's similar to a raise -- money they're saving out of their own personal budget."
Current job vacancies including business manager, technology coordinator, school nurse and counselors also are on the discussion list.