Board discusses bond, ends streaming option for meetings

staff reports

The USD 329 board met Monday evening, and discussed issues including the upcoming bond, a new full-time position and ending the streaming of board meetings.

WHS principal Steve Oliver reported positive feedback on this year’s homecoming activities. Changes increased attendance and community involvement. Oliver also said that a new PA system was installed in the press box at the football field. The school is also looking for a new popcorn popper for the concession stand at the football field, as the current machine has not been manufactured since the 1990s, so replacement parts are impossible to find.

The board decided to transition back to in-person meetings starting in October. Next month the board will stop streaming monthly meetings to YouTube. They encouraged any community members who are interested in watching to come to the in-person meetings at the district office.

In a discussion of the upcoming bond election, superintendent Troy Pitsch said he plans to speak at ten events to help spread awareness of the bond. The board’s plan is to quickly spread as much information as possible. Pitsch mentioned the creation of a political action committee to promote the bond and address concerns.

Due to gaps in handling maintenance requests and driving bus routes, the board approved the creation of a full-time multipurpose grounds and transportation position. This would allow the district to do some work and maintenance without outsourcing, saving money and keeping jobs local.

The Board approved the transfer of funds from an idle account to an account that will be gaining interest. The money was left in this idle account so the district could have cash readily available for purchases, but until now the money was not in use. For 6 months there would be a 1.34% interest rate, 12 months with  1.65%, 18 months with 1.84%, and 24 months with 2.04%. Before the board invests, it still needs to decide on the bank. They hope to go with a local bank if possible. 

The board discussed options for the sale of Paxico Middle School. They don’t want to put any more money into the building, and intend to sell it as is. They also discussed the possibility of an auction as a better option to sell the building.

The board approved Tim Klein as assistant high school basketball coach. Klein had been the head coach at numerous schools, including Hoxie. He recently assisted at Abilene and Junction City. He recently retired from Abilene, is moving back to this area and wants to continue coaching. “I think he’ll bring a vast amount of knowledge. He’s been doing basketball for 30 plus years. He’s going to be a phenomenal asset to the team, and for me still being a young coach it’ll still be good to learn as I’m getting older,” head coach Christian Ulsaker said.

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