Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman School Board Discuss Investing in Expansion of Early Childhood Programs

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman School Board Discuss Investing in Expansion of Early Childhood Programs

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The issue of shifting and then expanding early childhood programs in the Seaman Unified School District 345 was discussed Monday by board members during their monthly business meeting.

Maria Kutina, of HTK Architects, of Topeka, presented plans for remodeling the current Mathes Learning Center at 2032 N. Kansas Ave. and renaming the building the Mathes Early Childhood Center.

Preliminary plans call for a new playground, the installation of an ADA-compliant surface outside and the replacement of windows. The interior plans include new flooring, sound treatments and air conditioning.

Board member Christie Appelhanz said aside from the physical remodeling of the building, she said she wanted to know what the programmatic plans were for the district's early childhood programs, particularly because of concerns she has heard about access to such programs, like transportation.

Board member Rich Eckert said he would like to see the long-term costs of the project and wanted to know if it was part of the bond issue USD 345 patrons approved in April 2013.

In other business, board members voted unanimously to appoint Karl McNorton, currently chief of the Soldier Township Fire Department, to fill the vacancy left by Susan Fowler-Hentzler. Board members voted 4 to 1 to appoint Cherie Sage, director of Safe Kids Kansas, to the position vacated by Jamie Andrews. Eckert was the lone dissenting vote. McNorton and Sage will serve out the remainder of the current terms that will be up for reelection in the fall of 2017.

Also on Monday, board members discussed but took no action on the replacement of the heating, air conditioning and ventilation, or HVAC, system for Logan Elementary. District officials have indicated the project is a "physical priority."

HTK Architects, of Topeka, estimates the project would cost $3. …

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