By Cristina Janney
Newton Kansan
The Newton school board approved a $2.215 million capital improvement master plan for the Public Building Commission at its meeting Monday.
Earlier this year, the school board, Newton Recreation Commission and city commission approved a .2 mill increase for the Public Building Commission.
Brian Bascue, director of the Newton Recreation Commission, said additional funds were needed for the timely replacement of turf at Fischer Field and a list of other projects.
Bascue said the turf likely will need to be replaced in 2014. Because of the downturn in the economy, the commission’s balance is less than expected —  $279,189. The commission will need $475,000 for the turf replacement. It is hoped the tax increase will make up the difference.
The Public Building Commission’s No. 1 priority is the replace the scoreboard at Fischer Field at a cost of $25,000.
The master plan already has been approved by the Newton Recreation Commission, and also must be approved by the Newton City Commission.
If all three governing bodies approve the plan, it will go back to the Public Building Commission for final approval.

In other business, the school board: Appointed Carol Sue Stayrook Hobbs and Randy Zohn to the negotiations team. Tabled two policies as to the superintendent’s and board’s duties in regard to hiring, termination, assignment, transfer and definition of duties of personnel in the district.