The board approved a  joint plan with McPherson College to replace the turf and track at the stadium. Other renovations include practice fields, centering goal posts and bleacher placement.


The board approved a  joint plan with McPherson College to replace the turf and track at the stadium. Other renovations include practice fields, centering goal posts and bleacher placement.
“I can tell you we have definitely utilized the current turf to its full extent,” Watson said.
The stadium is used by both schools and would be paid for equally by both entities.
McPherson College would front the cost and USD 418 would repay with a lease, not totaling more money than it already is paying.
The cost to replace the turf and track is estimated to be from $500,000 to $750,000.
The turf could be replaced as early as this winter, which would provide opportunities for discounts.

In other business:
• The board approved the purchase of eight under-counter dishwashers from Sunflower Restaurant Supply for $29,160 and two large conveyor units from American Chemical for $27,050. The total was less than the $80,000 capital outlay allotted for the expenditures.
• The board moved to adopt the 2011-09 capital outlay resolution, beginning a new five-year period for the next fiscal year in an amount of eight mills. This may be made unless an opposing petition is signed by at least 10 percent of qualified district electors within 40 days of its second publication.
• Christy Doile was recognized as 4A volleyball coach of the year, and Chris Adrian was honored as AVCTL division II soccer coach of the year.
• The McPherson Healthcare Foundation presented a check for $1,300 to help pay for the breakfast from the recent “walk to school day.”
• Watson discussed growth regarding college readiness in ACT scores from 2010 and 2011. Eighth graders in Kansas scored higher than the nationwide percentages last year, and McPherson USD 418 students average scores were higher still. Watson stressed the importance of determining why each student’s scores changed over that time span.
• The board moved to use Viola as representative of the board and its goals at the Kansas Association of School Boards convention Dec. 2 through 4 in Kansas City. The five resolutions to be discussed will regard Kansas improving its education system in specific ways, professional learning programs, school finance proposals, a new accreditation system and specific federal issues.
• The board approved Sheldon Anderson, director of operations, to seek bids for new HVAC units for the northeast, southeast and northwest parts of the central office.