By TIM HORAN
Personnel and capital outlay were two primary issues at the regular meeting of the Abilene USD 435 Board of Education Monday night.
In approving the consent agenda the board approved Dallas Meneley as the principal at Garfield Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year. Meneley, a current teacher at Garfield, will be replacing Chris Cooper, who was hired as the assistant superintendent.
The board also approved capital outlay expenditures of $508,794. That budget was trimmed down from the preliminary capital outlay expenditure totaling $825,323 presented at last month’s meeting.
One of the items left off the capital outlay budget, which was approved by a unanimous vote, was the AHS Gym floor. Last month Athletic Director Will Burton said the floor cannot be sanded again. Cost to repair the surface was estimated at $95,000 at the March board meeting but that figure increased to $138,000 after architects examined the floor’s structure.
Superintendent Denise Guy said that if the school district pursues a bond issue the gym floor could be added which would result in a savings of 36 percent.
“That would be about a $40,000 savings,” she said. “If we get to that point. Also, the cost of the architect would be reduced because that would part of the cost of the bond.”
“I would be okay with letting that play out, if we can get by for another year,” said board member Mark Wilson.
Board member Randy Gassman questioned if the Abilene coaches thought another year or two was adequate.
“All I can do is speak for Will (Burton) and he said he was comfortable with whatever decisions you guys make,” Guy said.
Also, by approving the capital outlay, the board approved pianos and guitars for two new classes to be added next school year. Those classes are beginning piano and guitar.
The board also added a 3/16 position to Abilene High School in the arts department, a position it had cut in the past. Christina Shehi, who had been filling in as forensic and debate coach, was official approved to continue that teaching position.
In other employment, transfers and other action, Amber Book was hired as a para sub, Chris Delay was hired as a middle school assistant track coach and Cheryl Dulohery was hired with the AMS after school program.
Two resignations were accepted: Amber Kuntz, AHS science teacher, and Danny Robinson, AMS assistant track coach.
Kate Wilson was accepted as a substitute teacher.
The capital outlay as approved by the board includes:
Technology: other $50,000 and mail server $6,000.
Support services and district office: key card system $13,450.
AHS: 15 security cameras and server and doors to the tech building $30,000, piano and guitar lab $12,810 and fireproof lab $6,000.
Tech building: replace west exterior doors $8,000, key card system $13,925 and garage doors $7,000.
Middle School: SMT lab carpet $11,827 and SPED remodel $3,000.
McKinley: carpet six rooms $20,757, walk in freezer $15,000, remodel four bathrooms $29,354 (originally going to remodel only two of the four bathrooms in the old part of the building), fix driveway $7,000.
Kennedy: automatic doors $3,700, tile for hallway $5,783, dishwasher $17,592, windows $59,220 and doors $21,085.
Transportation: bus $85,000 and van $25,000.
Garfield: resurface blacktop $10,000.
Board office: tables, chairs, office enclosure $8,000, video $7,014 and audio $2,923.