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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Board approves $2.65 M. for WES project

  • The McPherson Board of Education at its meeting Monday approved a bid of $2.65 million for the remodeling of part of Washington Elementary School.
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  • The McPherson Board of Education at its meeting Monday approved a bid of $2.65 million for the remodeling of part of Washington Elementary School.
    Construction is scheduled to begin in summer and will be completed by Cheney Construction from Manhattan. The district budgeted $3.2 million for this project.
    The board also approved a bid of $33,588 from Neufeldt’s Flooring for the labor to replace carpet at McPherson Middle School and a bid of $144,000 from Pestinger Heating and Air to replace two air handlers for the HVAC system at McPherson High School.
    The board heard updates on construction projects at Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools.
    Eisenhower Elementary School suffered some damage in a storm Sunday night. District officials say they are looking at repair options.
    The district approved a budget of $19,940 for the Curriculum Coordinating Council for the 2014-2015 school year. This is a reduction from last year’s budget.
    The district will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. May 27 to discuss necessary budget adjustments for the district's KPERS funding.
    The board also passed a resolution regarding capital outlay funding. Because of recent legislation, schools can spend capital outlay funds on additional items, such as computer software and uniforms for sports and marching band.
    The resolution acknowledges these changes and allows the district to spend capital outlay funds on these items. It does not increase capital outlay taxes.
    There will be a 40-day protest period beginning May 20 for any who oppose the resolution.
    The board accepted a resolution allowing staff to choose KPERS Life Insurance, including payroll deduction options. Chris Ruder, associate superintendent, said KPERS plans have better rates than current district plans.
    The district accepted several gifts to schools totaling $5,294, two rosebud trees and some track equipment.

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