FEMA rooms advance



Plans to build eight classrooms at Hays Middle School are moving forward.

The Hays USD 489 Board of Education voted in February to accept a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for the addition. Built to FEMA specifications, the addition on the east side of the building will cost more, but it can serve as a storm shelter.

Total estimated cost of the project is $2,779,464, with USD 489 paying $1,410,437. The district's share will come from the capital outlay fund. A total of $138,000 per year is budgeted for 15 years.

The district has received $105,179 for the first phase of the grant for design and engineering.

Deputy Superintendent Richard Cain said the district received an extension of the Sept. 16 deadline to submit plans. The plans should be submitted this month, and if approved, the remainder of the money will be awarded for the project.

Bid requests could be sent out in January, with construction beginning in April, he said.

The district also constructed a metal addition on the northwest corner of the middle school this summer that added six classrooms and two restrooms.

Additional classrooms were needed at the middle school after Kennedy Middle School was closed in May.