The pay envelopes of Conway Corp. employees of six months and more will be a little heavier this year as the board on Tuesday voted to give a $350 holiday bonus.

CEO Richie Arnold said, as he did when the board voted a 3 percent increase in pay last month: "We’ve had a good year."

Dr. Charlotte Green, representing Lifelong Learners, made a request from the board to assist with the program that helps pre-schoolers, "the most vulnerable," she said.

A grant of $15,000 for curriculum was granted to provide core learning support of day care and preschool teachers.

"They are among our most important educators and our least trained," Green said. "If we catch them early, we can help the babies."

Arnold said the board has always supported higher education, and this will give them an opportunity to start earlier.

The board heard a presentation for Dee Brown of Brown Engineers related to construction of a hardened head-in facility to replace the 30-year old building that now houses the data systems.

A first estimate from Brown was at $3.2 million.

"This is a facility that provides space to grow and doesn’t need to ever go down," Brown said.

Jason Hansen, Chief Technology Officer, concurred, saying the current facility has 800 sq. ft., and the proposed building will be 2,400 sq. ft., and could be finished by the end of 2013.

"Once construction is completed, it could take us nine months to migrate from the old location to the new."

Last week, Hansen said: "It’s the critical component in our ability to maintain high availability for the cable, Internet and phone aspects of our business, as well as the constant monitoring of our other critical infrastructure such as electric, water, and wastewater systems."

In other business, the board voted to purchase three acres with warehouses adjacent to the service center.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at becky.harris@thecabin.net and 505-1234.)