In June, the Hays USD 489 school board voted to table discussion of a future bond proposal and long-term planning until January.
At Monday’s meeting, they’ll take up the topic again with a review of past bond work with representatives from architectural management firm DLR Group, construction management firm Nabholz and public finance group Piper Jaffray.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Board Room of the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th. Prior to the meeting at 5:30 p.m., there will be a social for School Board Member Appreciation Month. The public is invited to attend.
USD 489 has twice proposed to voters in the district a bond to improve facilities — in 2016 for $94 million and in 2016 for $78.5 million. Both were shot down in their respective elections.
Throughout discussion in the first part of 2018, board member Greg Schwartz advocated the district first create a long-term facilities plan and take a more piecemeal approach with smaller bonds over a number of years.
He said at the Jan. 14 meeting he has been doing research on firms that work with districts to create long-term plans and would like to present that information.
Also on the agenda:
• Hays Medical Center will present a check to the district for $500,000 for the renovation of the former Oak Park Medical Complex into a new facility for Early Childhood Connections.
The board voted in a split vote in October to purchase the Oak Park complex for about $2 million and use a $1.5 million federal grant for renovations.
Hays Med owned about half the buildings in the Oak Park Complex, and pledged to give the district $500,000 toward the renovations.
• An executive session is scheduled for the board to finalize applicants to interview for the superintendent search.
• The board will also review administrative contracts for Assistant Superintendent Shanna Dinkel and Chris Hipp, director of special education, for the 2019-2020 school year.