Nov 23, 2020 8:29 PM

Hays school board to discuss accreditation, finances

Posted Nov 23, 2020 8:29 PM

By CRISTINA JANNEY
Hays Post

The Hays school board will hear updates on state accreditation requirements and the school redesign project at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Rockwell Administration Center.

The school board was scheduled to hear this report from Assistant Superintendent Shanna Dinkel during its last school board meeting, but it was postponed because Dinkel was unable to attend the meeting. 

USD 489 has chosen to focus on strengthening relationships with students and families and increasing student engagement academically and personally in its accreditation process.

Lincoln Elementary School in Hays is to be one of the schools that will be part of the Apollo II state school redesign project.

Hays USD 489 Superintendent Ron Wilson said when the project was announced the 2020-21 school year will be used for planning changes that will be most beneficial to serving students.

Capital outlay budget

Chris Hipp, assistant superintendent of business services, will present a financial report to the board on its outstanding lease agreements.

This will include a look at how using the $500,000 the school district will receive from the sale of Washington school would affect the district's finances if it used the money to pay down its lease agreement on the Early Childhood Complex.

The district is expecting to spend $1.8 million to make repairs to the HVAC system at Roosevelt Elementary School. Hipp will look at the financial consequences of that project. The district will be reviewing a timeline for the HVAC project Monday.

The BOE will also hear information about the state of the district’s current business software platforms and show what options are available to modernize the district’s business and human resources activities.

The USD 489 Foundation for Excellence will also present the district a check for $65,000 for continued work on the campaign of Safe and Secure Schools.