Bleacher cost increases
The USD 204 Board of Education learned Monday that the new bleachers at David Jaynes stadium would cost slightly more than expected.
John Scheurer, facilities director, said the bleachers were bid at 13 rows instead of 15 rows, which is the height of the current bleachers. The company providing the new bleachers, Hanson Sports of Eudora, agreed to provide two extra rows by adding just $10,000 to total cost.
Scheurer explained the price increase was inexpensive overall, as it would be 15 percent more seating capacity for 3 percent more of the total cost. He said the new bleachers also would be a little bit longer than the current bleachers.
The board also updated the process of selecting a replacement for Charles Thomas, business manager, who plans to retire. Superintendent Robert VanMaren said the selection committee would begin interviewing three candidates tomorrow afternoon.
Current candidates are from the Gardner-Edgerton school district, a school district in central Kansas, and Steve Cook, Clark Middle School principal.
VanMaren said he also had received three more qualified applications for the position over the weekend, so the selection committee could possibly conduct further interviews next week.
In other business, the board:
• Approved warrants totaling $522,360.
• Approved KASB dues of about $10,000, which is the same as the previous year.
• Approved appointing Dan Streit as boys basketball coach and Rob Marriott as track coach.
• Approved a debt issuance compliance policy.
• Approved new contracts for Brandon Bethard, transportation shop; Thomas Billings, high school custodian; and Amanda Rasmussen, Bonner Springs Elementary second grade.
• Approved resignations for Andy Addington, high school social studies; Monty Bechard, freshman girls basketball coach; Adrianne DeLeon, co-junior class sponsor; Kristen Hinshaw, Delaware Ridge third grade; Jessica Laster, high school math; Jim Mitchell, head track coach (retirement); Donna Sharphack, high school math; Dan Streit, middle school football coach; Melinda Terry, seventh grade math; and Geraldine Thompson, who is retiring after 33 years, middle school food service.
• Conducted a 10-minute executive session for the purpose of negotiations and a 30-minute executive session for discussion of non-elected personnel.
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