The facilities improvement “want list” for the Pratt school district comes to around $422,000. The capital outlay fund raised about $320,000 in 2013-14. At a meeting Monday of the USD 382 Board of Education, Superintendent Suzan Patton summarized some goals already realized: installation of the last heat pump on the roof of Liberty Middle School this week, a new roof, lighting and painting on the LMS gym, and carpeting that has been approved for the middle school.
On the list for 2014-15 are an annual payment on artificial turf at Zerger Field, a drivers’ ed van, a special education bus with a wheelchair lift, a new curtain at LMS Auditorium, reconfiguring the automation system for heating and cooling units for better efficiency at Pratt High School and resurfacing the track.
The district won’t be able to do everything in the next school year, but Patton said, “We’re chipping away at the list.” She outlined options for used vehicles that would save money, and a plan to tackle the heating and cooling project at PHS “piece by piece and year by year,” similar to the procedure at LMS.
She alluded to a long-term plan for a new track, but said that was a discussion for another time. The priority list called for $70,000 to resurface the current track, which she said is heavily used for track practice and showing wear in some spots.
Other “wants” have not yet reached the “needs” list, including new carpet at Southwest Elementary and a replacing the scoreboard at Zerger Field.
In a budget report, Patton noted that $62,000 will be carried over in the vocational education budget for the new year, and that the funds have been earmarked for repurposing the current welding and auto annex into a wood shop.
Money will also be carried over in the special education fund to meet a higher district assessment from the South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative.
The board approved raising the pay for substitute teachers from $88 to $93, which will put the district near the top for surrounding districts.
A contract agreement with USD 332 was approved for Michelle Popovich as a part-time French teacher at PHS. Popovich teaches Spanish for the Cunningham district. Other personnel actions included approval of Mike Forshee to do temporary summer maintenance work, hiring Carrie Goodheart as a PHS JAG teacher, Karen Schoenberger for Southwest Title I Parent Involvement, replacing Erin Kirby, and approving the retirement of Vickie Fisher, Southwest Elementary music teacher. Kenny Adelhardt was terminated as a custodian and food service driver.
Bill Bergner was re-elected as president of the Board of Education and Andrea Wilson will serve again as vice president.