A proposal to sell the former Washington Elementary School, 305 Main, to a housing developer for $500,000 will come before the Hays USD 489 school board at its regular meeting on Monday.
The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Toepfer Board Room of the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th.
Overland Property Group, Leawood, also will pay $5,000 earnest money if the transaction is approved. A closing date of Jan. 31, 2020, is listed on the real estate contract included in the district’s agenda packet.
Matt Gillem, partner and Vice President of development for OPG, told the board at its Dec. 18 meeting the group’s goal is to keep the 93-year-old building intact. OPG will apply for federal historic tax credits but to do so, needs to be able to show site control of the property, he said.
Gillem said at that meeting the goal is to begin construction at the end of this year.
The district late last year purchased the former Oak Park Medical Complex for about $2 million and will renovate it with a $1.4 million federal grant to house Head Start programs, which are currently in the Washington building as Early Childhood Connections. Washington was closed as an elementary school in 2015.
OPG has built three phases of its Stonepost Apartments at the south end of Main Street in the last dozen years, using the federal Low Income Tax Credit program. Residents must have income at or below 60 percent of the area’s median income.
Also on Monday’s agenda:
• An update on the Chromebook study and the Hays High School device purchase.
• Summer school and drivers education fees for 2019-20 school year.
• A discussion of the third-year evaluation for Superintendent John Thissen.
• Approval of the 2017-18 financial audit, which was presented at the Dec. 18 meeting.
• Approval of revisions to the 2019-2020 HHS curriculum guide.