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Shellanne Thompson | Reporter

CARBONDALE—Superintendent Dr. Steve Pegram informed the board of additional problems with the resurfacing of the high school track at the July 10 USD 434 Board of Education Meeting.

The top layer of rubber was scheduled to be replaced early this summer but after removing the rubber, unanticipated cracking and problems with the underlying asphalt were found. At a special meeting on June 17, the board approved a $78,300 bid from Sunflower Paving to replace two inches of asphalt in preparation for the new rubber track. Since then, Sunflower Paving discovered the asphalt to be replaced was originally installed with no gravel base.

To fix these issues, the district would need to excavate the track, install a 6 inch gravel base and lay a 4 inch layer of asphalt to bring the track up to the current level. Lines would need repainted so the track could be used for practice but not for meets. The board estimated the cost for this work at $180,000.

After discussion the board approved a $68,925 bid from Black Excavation to excavate and install a gravel base. The board then approved a $107,410 change order from Sunflower Paving to lay the asphalt. No rubber layer will be installed at this time.

Funding for the track will be defrayed by a $75,000 grant from The Jones Foundation, matching half of the cost up to $150,000.

To commence business for the 2013-14 school year, the board elected Randy Boudeman as president and Clayton Lee as vice president. Amy Crotinger and Dana Mentzer were appointed as representatives for the technology committee; Zac Anschutz and Chris Kendall to the negotiations team; Anshutz, Boudeman and Lee as Three Lakes Education Cooperative representatives; Anshutz to the Kansas Association of School Board Governmental Relations Network; Crotinger as the Overbrook Attendance Center site council representative; Lee as the Scranton Attendance Center site council representative; Kendall as the Carbondale Attendance Center and Santa Fe Trail Junior High School site council representative; and Boudeman as the Santa Fe Trail High School site council representative.

Additional school year appointments included Amy Hill as the board clerk; Cyndi Shively as the deputy board clerk; Shellie Priddy as the board treasurer, freedom of information officer and Kansas Public Employees Retirement System designated agent; Kyle Lewis as the deputy board treasurer; Dr. Steve Pegram as the food service representative and federal funds administrator; Kansas Association of School Boards as the school attorney; principals and vice principals as attendance officers for their own schools; and district building administrators and the KASB as suspension and expulsion hearing officers.

Finally, the board approved all KASB recommended policies with one exception. The board chose to remove part of section FN, which states the board will consider naming of a facility or building after a person only if an outstanding contribution is made to the school and the person has been deceased more than 10 years. A complete list of the policies can be found on the district website.

In other business, the board:

• authorized publication of the budget with an agreed upon 3 mills for Capital Outlay, after significant discussion.

• approved employment of Terry Piper as CAC Custodian at $10 per hour.

• approved employment of Andrew Truelson as SAC Technology Paraprofessional for the first semester at $10 per hour with no benefits.

• approved the resignation of Rachel Stover, CAC Title I Teacher.

• approved First Security Bank as the district’s official fund depository.

• approved the Osage County Herald-Chronicle as the district’s official newspaper.

• adopted the General Accepted Accounting Principles waiver.

• adopted use of 1,116 hour school calendar as outlined by the Kansas State Department of Education.

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