By JUDY SHERARD
The Hays USD 489 Board of Education is taking the first step toward a $100 million bond election probably in November 2015.
HTK Architects representatives and Dustin Avey of Piper Jaffray, a financial services company, will be at the Oct. 27 board meeting "and walk us through some of the questions that we had asked," Superintendent Dean Katt said.
The questions, which came at last week's work session, included how to proceed with a public relations and informational campaign on the upgrades and additions to be paid for with the proposed bond, and how to phase in the projects and financing over several years if the bond passes.
"We can't be procrastinators and think that if we look at a November 2015 election ... it sounds like a long time, but it really isn't. We have a lot of work to do," Katt said.
Katt said he plans to add it to the talking tours set to start in November at district buildings.
"One thing I'd like to do is talk about the bond election and how that would relate to each of the schools," he said.
BOE president James Leiker asked if board members could be involved in presenting the bond to the public.
"You can educate; just don't advocate how to vote," board attorney Bill Jeter said. "It's actually your duty to educate the public on what the project entails and how much it's going to cost and why we need it, and those things. There's a difference in providing education and telling people how to vote. That's what you can't do."
Some members of the facilities needs committee "said they would be happy to help with the educational piece of that," Katt said.
In other business, the board * Voted 5-0 to approve a waiver of requirements for generally accepted accounting principles for 2014-15. Board vice president Marty Patterson and Greg Schwartz were absent. * Voted 5-0 to adopt the E4DL summative evaluation tool to evaluate the superintendent. * Recognized Patterson for his achievement in Kansas Association of School Boards training programs. * The board, Jeter, Katt, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services Mark Hauptman, Director of Curriculum Shanna Dinkel and Tracy Kaiser, executive director of finances, entered into executive session for 30-minutes to discuss negotiations. * Accepted resignations from Susan Relaford, Hays High School assistant cook; Kileigh Cure, Hays Middle School assistant track coach; Meagan Wilson, Lincoln Elementary School after-school care; Noel Schmidt, Wilson Elementary School custodian; Joan Winter, Roosevelt Elementary School, special-ed para; and Danelle Bieker, HMS special-ed para. * Approved leave for Kayla Stephens, 11 weeks, Wilson special-ed para; and Carly Hill, 7 weeks, HMS math teacher. * Approved employment for Courtney Bartling, Hays High dance coach; Beth Schiel and Lynn Zimmerman, Hays High Science Olympiad co-sponsors; Rex Hertel, Hays High/Washington Elementary School custodian; Marina Rumbin, O'Loughlin Elementary School lunchroom supervisor; Jessica Dale and Stefanie Black, HMS assistant track coach; Rachel Cox, Westside Alternative School part-time para; Haley Rankin, Washington ELL para; Shandra Housley, Ellis High School special-ed para; Wanda Stover, Roosevelt special-ed para; Dylan Webster, Hays High night custodian; Carol Davis, Hays High special-ed para; Judy Halbleib, Hays High assistant cook; and Ashley Hopper, Connections-Russell teacher assistant/family worker.