Kitchen/cafeteria updates estimated at $445,000

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ALEEN RATZLAFF
Updating the kitchen and adding a cafeteria to the Hillsboro Elementary School building could cost Unified School District 410 up to $445,000.


That’s the word from superintendent Gordon Mohn, who presented preliminary plans and cost estimates to the Board of Education at its monthly meeting Monday.


Mohn reported about the plan as one way to solve the facility challenges in the current kitchen and dining areas at the school.


“This is the best option, though the most expensive,” Mohn said. “But we need to look at other options, such as a smaller kitchen.”


The construction and remodeling plans were prepared by architect John Prigmore of Prigmore, Crevins, Haines & Limon. This initial plan called for a new addition that would be constructed at the east end of the building, to the south, and would house a full-scale kitchen and lunch room.


Mohn said if this plan was adopted, the board would have three options for the needed revenues to pay for the project-a bond election to raise the mill levy, a lease-purchase with payments of about $53,000 annually or payment out of the capital outlay, provided more funds are generated to cover the expenditures.


“We need to take a good look at what our priorities are,” Mohn said.


He said besides a smaller kitchen, other possibilities to solve the facility challenges could be remodeling the current kitchen or working from a centralized kitchen and operating a satellite kitchen at the elementary school.


The board will continue its discussion about the project in upcoming months.


Pat Call and Evan Yoder reported on the turnout for recent parent-teacher conferences.


“As always, we had a pretty good turnout,” said Call, HES principal, adding that out of 298 appointments, 287 were held.


Yoder, middle school principal, said he and his staff had discussed ways to improve the options for parents to visit with teachers.


“Some of the lines (to meet with teachers) were long, and some teachers were there until 9 p.m,” said Yoder of the recent meetings. “We’re working on a better way to handle it.”


High school principal Dale Honeck’s building report came from 10 students, who gave a PowerPoint presentation about their trip to the national FFA convention in Louisville, Ky., last month.


The presentation focused on meetings attended and educational tours to various sites in and around Louisville.


“We want to thank you for the money to go,” said Jared Fish, who sang in the National FFA chorus at the convention.


FFA adviser Kristi Esquibel, agriculture education teacher, accompanied the group to the convention.


Activities director Max Heinrichs announced that 31 girls and 31 boys are participating in HHS basketball, 21 girls and 31 boys are playing on HMS teams and 16 students, eight in each building, are wrestling this semester.


Mohn requested input from the board about the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s proposal to allow two teams from each football district to advance to post-season. The change would allow 32 schools to enter the playoff system and would require an additional week for the playoffs. Under the current system, 16 teams participate.


Both Mohn and Heinrichs said they expected the decision to have little impact on USD 410.


Yoder is one of 11 people on the KSHSAA board, which will make the final decision.


The board voted to endorse the proposal.


Business manager Jerry Hinerman told the board that the state budget is $375 million short, and the Legislature will have to decide about cutting services, raising taxes and/or finding new revenue sources in the 2002 session, which begins in January.


“There’s a chance the state may not fund all of our budget this year,” Mohn said.


Mohn also reported the district will be getting bids from local dealers to purchase two sports utility vehicles. He said the board also needs to purchase a 20-passenger bus. The board voted to accept bids from local dealers for the bus, but if multiple bids are not submitted, the process will be opened to other businesses.


The following actions also were approved by the board:


— a supplement contract for C.J. Hill to serve as assistant middle school boys’ basketball coach;


— a classified contract to Doris Maltbie to serve as custodian;


— appointment of board member Cal Jost as USD 419 representative at the Kansas Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly on Dec. 1.


The board concluded the meeting in executive session for the purpose of evaluating the superintendent of schools.

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