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BOE, administrators get facilities tour





Mike Hester, Hays High School principal, led the board of education and administrators on a tour at Monday's work session of the newly completed projects at the school.

Items on the tour were the recently installed bleachers in gym A, the new weight room and old weight room now used as a multi-purpose room.

The new bleachers are part of the school's upgrade, Hester said.

In February, the board accepted a bid of $143,527 for the maroon and gold bleachers.

They display the letters HHS when the bleachers are closed or extended.

Not extending the bleachers to full length allows more handicap accessibility, Hester said.

New key-shaped handrails and bigger, wider stairs also allow for easier passage up and down.

"We lost a little seating, about 200, 300 seats, but we've actually got more room for handicap (seating) and it's safer," Hester said.

"There was no way around it," Richard Cain, deputy superintendent, said of the loss of seats.

The bleacher seats also are wider, a full 16-inches.

Closing the bleachers is automatic, and it just takes the touch of a button rather than requiring two or three custodians.

Some of the old bleachers were moved to gym B.

Scoreboards were upgraded and speakers added for better sound quality of announcers' voices in gym A, Hester said.

The 1,300-square-foot former weight room now is a multi-purpose room used for faculty meetings, aerobics classes, and cheerleader and dance practices. It can hold as many as 80 people, Hester said.

The new 7,200-square-foot metal building attached to the southeast corner of the high school houses the weight room, a coaches' office and storage/mechanical room. It was completed this summer using donations and district funds.

Total cost of the building when the school district took over the building in February was estimated at approximately $375,000, plus equipment.

Hallway display cases recognize the nearly 400 distinguished donors and people involved with the project.

"When we were fundraising, we talked about that there would be levels of donation and recognition," Hester said. "With this and the gallery out front with the bricks, we've met all of our obligations to those who made this possible."