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USD 480 to discuss cosmetic upgrades PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 December 2017 08:23


• Leader & Times

The district could soon be facing some cosmetic changes and some other upgrades after the next meeting of the USD 480 school board this evening beginning at 6:30. 

Up first for the board will be discussion of independent study courses between Liberal High School and Seward County Community College. Juniors and seniors will be eligible for the classes, which were approved by the USD 480 Curriculum Committee. 

The board will also be asked to approve the purchase of ChromeBooks for LHS CTE Department as well as the purchase of 120 ChromeBooks for the Pilot Program. Also up for discussion will be discussion of Resolution 12-11-17. 

“USD 480 locked the interest rate on the bond refinance Nov. 29, 2017,” the agenda information noted. “The average interest rate (True Interest Cost) on the Series 2017-B Bonds is 3.33 percent. In addition, the total savings to the district as a result of refinancing the 2014 bonds is $16,705,517.50.  The attached Resolution 12-11-17 and supporting documents need to be approved by the board to finalize the refinancing of the 2014 bonds.”

Cosmetic changes to the district will also be on the agenda, with the first of these items being discussion of the demolition of Garfield Elementary School. The purchase of new artificial turf will also be seeking approval. 

“Upon inspection of our artificial turf, Ms Kuhns ‘did not see any noticeable signs of turf issues,’ and stated the district should begin to plan for turf replacement, and that she does ‘not think it has to be next year,’” the agenda information noted. “Ms. Kuhns recommends Matrix Helix turf as a replacement turf.  I have requested that Angie Aragon, Hellas Construction, schedule a follow-up inspection to verify Ms. Kuhns’ observations and provide in detail a listing of any deficiencies that may be discovered. Replacement of turf was listed as an item for consideration and action at the board’s Oct. 18, 2017 special meeting for facilities planning.”

The board will also be asked to approve repairs to the roofs at the Bright Start Early Learning Center and Sunflower Elementary School and will also be asked to begin the bid process for asbestos abatement at the Washington Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School buildings. A Potential Change Item regarding the retention pond at Seymour Rogers Middle School will also be seeking approval from the board. 




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