School Board approves summer capital outlay projects

At their regular meeting on Monday, May 14, the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education approved summer capital outlay projects totaling $178,413.31.

The list of project requests was first presented to the board at its April meeting, at which time no action was taken. The Finance Committee — comprising of Ed Reznicek, Kathy Lippert and Kent Saylor — met since last month’s meeting to discuss capital outlay requests.

Capital outlay requests for the art room from the original list were removed and being paid for by Kent and Donna Saylor of Sabetha at a cost of at least $4,054.90.

Superintendent Todd Evans presented a historic look at how much capital outlay funds the district has spent in each building each year since 2011. Looking at total expenditures, Evans said, it actually has been very balanced spending.

Saylor noted that the district has approximately a $2 million reserve. Even looking forward and pre-planning for future expenditures, he said, it still appears that the capital outlay fund would be growing in the coming years.

“Fiscally, we’ve got room, which is nice,” Saylor said.

The board approved items prioritized as “1” and “2,” with the exception of the bus, totaling $96,909.31.

Projects approved for SES are as follows: blacktop repairs; replacement of two metal exterior doors and frames; five Smart Boards for classrooms; updates to kindergarten bathrooms; playground improvements; and kindergarten hallway painting.

Projects approved for SMS are as follows: south gymnasium door repairs; replacement of worn and damaged vinyl flooring; and replacement of auditorium curtain, with half of cost paid for from fine arts fund and half from capital outlay.

Projects approved for SHS are as follows: install key fob on north end to greenhouse; install windows in library; well work for Sabetha fields; and chip and seal parking lot on north end of shop.

Projects approved for WAC are as follows: main door entry system; gymnasium heater; and window air conditioning units.

Projects approved for APS are as follows: painting air ducts in new gymnasium; bathroom partitions in high school boys locker room; painting for old building hallways; replacing ceiling tiles; replacing blinds; and new signage for building.

Also in capital outlay, the board considered a bus bid to replace the Axtell activity bus, keeping with the district’s cycle of bus replacement. The bus is a Thomas 71-passenger bus at a cost of $81,504 from Midwest Transit. The board approved the bus purchase.

Capital outlay improvements approved totaled $178,413.31.

Two safety enhancement projects at Axtell — moving the Axtell office to the south library, and redoing Axtell office for use as a learning space — were removed from the list awaiting more information.

These projects at Axtell were not included in the total, but the Finance Committee is interested in pursuing the projects. However, exact pricing could not be determined.

The board agreed that Evans could hire a firm or an architect in regard to the projects at Axtell.

See the full report on the board’s meeting on Page 8A of this week’s Herald.

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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