The Hays USD 489 Board of Education voted 6-0 at a special meeting this morning, to move forward with a bond election June 7.

BOE member Danielle Lang was absent.

There will be two questions on the ballot.

The first question asks voters to approve an $85,135,000 bond for improvements to district facilities.

Improvements will include deferred maintenance, increased security features, renovations and additions including a new auditorium at Hays High School, storm shelters and gyms or cafeterias at the four elementary schools.

The second question on the ballot asks voters to approve bonds in the amount of $8,900,000, to construct new gyms at Hays High School and Hays Middle School.

Total cost of the improvements is $94,035,000.

“It still preserves what the facilities group did — their work which says this is what we need,” BOE member Paul Adams said of the two questions. “So we’re still honoring that effort, but we’re responding to concerns some people may have. We’re still staying true to the course. We just decided to split it out.”

“All right, that’s a milestone,” Superintendent Dean Katt said of the vote.

In addition to the bonds, those supporting the project presented a petition endorsed by 10 percent of the city electors, calling for an election of a half-cent city sales tax to help pay for the improvements.

City commissioners voted last week to have that special election, also on June 7, the date requested by the school district.