By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

The bond talk for Hays USD 489 will continue.

The board of education voted 6-0 Monday night to move forward in exploring the possibility of a bond proposal. Lance Bickle was absent.

It was not a vote to pursue bond issuance in an election, but would allow administrators to begin conversations about a bond while doing building tours, Superintendent Dean Katt said.

"What the board needs to do (is) to go forward with education and setting up committees on the facilities needs future bond issue," Katt said.

The board should determine whether to accept the facilities needs committee's recommendation for improvements at a cost of approximately $100 million, or take a closer look at the recommendations, board member Greg Schwartz said.

Board member Josh Waddell said the board needs to prioritize the recommendations list.

"I think there are some issues that are going to take precedence over some others," he said.

Schwartz agreed.

"If the bond doesn't pass, we have the issues prioritized," he said.

Board Vice President Marty Patterson suggested the board have a retreat and "spend four hours going through it (to see) if we want to take the recommendation from the facilities needs and run with it, or if we want to tweak it a little bit."

Administrators will try to schedule a retreat sometime within the next month.

In other business, the board:

* Voted 5-0 to join the Middle School Western Athletic Conference. Sarah Rankin didn't join the meeting until 7:30 p.m.

* Voted 5-1 to purchase two cars, two Suburbans, one route bus without air conditioning and one wheelchair bus with air conditioning for approximately $178,000. Rankin voted no, saying she thought the route bus should include air conditioning.

* Voted 5-1 to purchase 100 iPads for a total of $37,400 for teachers to test.

* Approved the administrative SMART Goals.

* Recognized Peyton Thorell, Hays Middle School, as the Best of the Best student, and Karen Smith, administrative assistant for special services, as the Best of the Best staff member.

* Accepted resignations from Brandon Maska, HMS head football coach; Zach Binder, HMS assistant football coach; Carol Davis, Hays High School SPED para; Emily Rowland, SPED para, Wilson Elementary School; Shelby Kite, Roosevelt Elementary School teacher assistant; Jose Anaya, The Learning Center lab assistant; and Trevor Henningsen, Munjor Early Childhood Connections teacher assistant.

* Approved six weeks leave for Beth Howell, Lincoln Elementary School ECC teacher assistant/family worker.

* Approved 13-week temporary substitute for Heidi Dreiling, ECC substitute parent educator.

* Approved 12-week leave for Kayla Stephens, Wilson SPED para.

* Approved employment for Laura Truman, HMS SPED para; Roger Herrick, Wilson full-time custodian; Haley Casteel, O'Loughlin Elementary School, SPED para; Lyle Noordhoek, Hays High head boys' and girls' swim coach; Alyse Weishaar, Westside Alternative School part-time para; and Taylor Reynolds, Westside part-time para.