The Augusta school board Monday approved a joint resolution that would send a proposal for a recreation commission to voters.

The city approved a similar resolution last week.

A mail-ballot election will be conducted in April to garner residents’ approval. The ballot question will include a 1-mill tax to support the commission, including salary for a rec commission director.

Ballots will be due back April 25. The election will cost $16,500 with the city and school district splitting the expense.

The two entities requested the question be placed on the ballot with the upcoming Congressional election to replace Mike Pompeo, but the state denied the request.

A five-member board would govern the commission with one at-large member and two members each being appointed by the school district and city.

The school district chief financial officer will serve as an ex-officio member.

Augusta Progress Inc., Augusta Girls Softball and the Augusta Chamber of Commerce have endorsed the recreation commission proposal.

“A lot of activities will not come to fruition if we do not have a recreation commission in our community,” Eric Groom, Recreation Commission committee chairman, said. “This will create a higher quality of life in our community. For people who are considering relocating to Augusta, this will say a lot about Augusta.”

Board President Bill Rinkenbaugh said he was pleased to see the recreation commission issue finally come to a vote.

“After nine years, I say, ‘Woohoo!’ that this has finally reached this point,” he said.

Term extensions

Because the Kansas Legislature moved school board and municipal elections to November in odd numbered years, the board voted to extend terms to sync with the election cycle.

Capital projects

The board approved bids for three capital projects.

The board approved a bid of $148,778 from APAC of Wichita for an asphalt overlay of the Augusta High School parking lot. The work will start June 12 with completion by July 22.

The board approved a bid of $39,450 from CMW of Wichita for new HVAC rooftop units for AHS.

The work is set to be completed during spring break between March 18 and 26.

The board approved a bid of $127,500 from United Sports for resurfacing the AHS track. Work is set to be completed between June 12 and Aug. 12.

Art students

The following Augusta Middle School students were recognized for 2017 Scholastic Art Awards:

• Kylie Deere, eighth grade, honorable mention for photography “Japanese Red Maple”

• Kaden Kearney, seventh grade, silver key mixed media self portrait

• Carissa Mattson, eighth grade, honorable mention ceramics and glass floral container “Gourd Bowl” and “Floral Container”

• Savanna Nichols, eighth grade, honorable mention photography “Clover and Fern.”

• Emily Webster, seventh grade, gold key mixed media self-portrait.

The following AHS students were honored with awards:

• Amber Braddy, sophomore, silver keys photography “Dragonfly” and “Home”

• Eryn Book, junior, honorable mention paintings “Libby” and “Floral Selfie”

• Janelle Goldenstein, junior, honorable mention photography “Lip Gloss,” photography “Face Paint,” and gold key photography “Rouching”

• Katelyn Moore, sophomore, silver keys photography “Flying Boot,” and “Branches in the Sun”

• Gabrielle Patton, junior, silver key photography “Canis’ Iris”

• Libby Richey, senior, honorable mention painting “Sleep”

• Ashley Small, sophomore, honorable mention photography “Rustic Leaf” and silver key photography “Translucent Rose”

In other business, the board:

• Approved the school calendar.

• Recognized Jennifer Parker for a successful application for a 2016 Equipment Assistance Grant and Fuel up to Play 60 Grant.

Megan Vittitow, Augusta Middle School librarian for a successful application for a South Central Kansas Library Systems Project Grant. The school was awarded funds to purchase classic books for the library.

• Recognized the AHS Scholar’s Bowl Team. The team of Nate King, Jacob Lewellen, Tyler Fieser and Morgan Yeager placed second in the 4A division. The team qualified to compete in television version of the competition.

See Thursday’s paper for more on the report on EWALT Elementary and the school’s student council.