Archive for Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Improvements planned at Bonner Springs YMCA

September 4, 2013

The Bonner Springs Family YMCA will see a few upgrades approved by the USD 204 Board of Education Tuesday night.

The board approved the YMCA’s request to spend $160,000 from its capital reserve fund. The improvements planned include new paint, new flooring and new treadmills.

As part of the YMCA’s cooperative agreement with the school district, 10 percent of its gross income is put into a capital reserve fund each year. The most recent expenditure was $80,000 worth of new exercise equipment two years ago, and as of July 31, the fund’s balance was $221,411.

The Y asked the board to spend $15,000 for painting, $75,000 for recycled rubber floor/track to replace 12-year-old carpet in the building; and $70,000 for 13 life fitness treadmills. The price would have been higher, but the current treadmills will be traded in for some savings.

The board also approved a signature for an older amendment to the agreement between the YMCA and the district.

In other business, the board:

• Approved designating income from the new Verizon cell phone tower on district property for the USD 204 Education Foundation. Funds the district receives for the cell phone tower at Delaware Ridge Elementary already were designated for the foundation. The cell phone providers who constructed the towers each pay the district $1,500 monthly.

• Reviewed the progress the technology committee has made on creating a three-year technology plan. Dan Brungardt, superintendent, said the committee formulated a survey that will be given to parents at parent-teacher night. The survey asks parents what technology they have at home, if their students have access to a computer and/or the internet at home, and what kind of computer and internet access they have. If they don’t have access at home, it asks where students go to access the internet when necessary. At the suggestion of board member Tim McGinnis, Brungardt said the committee would consider formulating a survey for students, as well.

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