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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Parking lots at Skyline School showing their age

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  • The life span of concrete is from 40 to 50 years. The concrete at Skyline is right in that age range and is showing the wear and tear of 46 years of Kansas weather extremes and an uncounted number of cars and trucks that have filled the parking lot for programs and sporting events.
    The last time the parking lot was overlaid was 2005 and it cost $17,000, said Skyline Superintendent Mike Sanders at the regular Monday night Board of Education meeting.
    With more and more areas of ponding are showing up in the parking lot it just a matter of time before something has to be done.
    "Sooner or later it's going to get nasty," Sanders said.
    Occasionally, the district will get extra slurry from the Kansas Department of Transportation to help seal trouble spots or on occasion maintenance director Walt Stockwell will get material and make some temporary repairs.
    Looking ahead to fixing the problem, Sanders asked Benchmark, a consulting firm, to provide a cost proposal to evaluate the concrete problems.
    The Benchmark cost proposal for pavement specifications and bid services came in at $8,500. Sanders said the cost for what they provided was not acceptable and turned the offer down.
    The concrete issue will be discussed at a future Board meeting.
    Snow accumulation on the roof caused a leak. Diamond Roofing, that recently did a roof upgrade, came out and made successful repairs.
    "There were no leaks this weekend," Sanders said. "I was pretty pleased with Diamond."
    The amount of assessment funds the members of South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative have to pay into that organization could be going up sharply.
    The SCKSEC is facing dramatic increases in health insurance for para-professionals with an additional $1.1 million increase next year.
    Sawyer Virtual Academy enrollment is currently at 28 and the first graduate is expected this year.
    In other Board action:
    • To accommodate a Board member, the July meeting was moved from July 8 to July 15.
    • In a move to help the yearbook, the Board approved giving them $5,000 to make their last payment.
    The Board approved commendations:
    • Skyline High School Choir received a "I" rating at Heart of the Plains League Music Festival.
    • Skyline High School Band received a "I" rating at Heart of the Plains League Music Festival.
    • Madison Moore was selected to the Kansas Music Educators Association State Choir for the third time, the maximum a student can be selected to KMEA State Choir.
    • Custodian Walt Stockwell received commendation for snow removal at the site.

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