The McPherson USD 418 Board of Education discussed what could become a new bond issue during its regular meeting Monday.
The McPherson USD 418 Board of Education discussed what could become a new bond issue during its regular meeting Monday. Construction and renovations at five of the six school buildings were considered. If all projects are implemented, rough early estimates costs to be about $13.8 million, but that number is subject to change. Consideration comes as the district approaches the current bond’s expiration in a year and a half. The new bond would result in a lower bond and interest mill levy, dipping from the current amount of 6.497 to 5.5 mills, Assistant Superintendent Chris Ruder said. Each project must be evaluated, and any number of them — if chosen — could move forward. A draft calendar presented Monday showed finalization of a bond amount and an approved plan of finance to be determined sometime in December or January, with a bond election set for April. It is estimated that the projects, which would not be done simultaneously, could take up to three years to complete. The earliest start date would be the summer 2013. MHS Two projects were considered at McPherson High School. The first is a shop area to be added on the north side of the building, expanded from the current shop area. This would allow for welding, construction and other technical education courses. The second project would include repairs to science classrooms on the south side of the building. This would involve foundation repair and the upgrading of items in the classroom, such as lab surfaces, to be updated to current curriculum needs. Roosevelt and Lincoln Building structures at Roosevelt and Lincoln Elementary schools are almost identical. In both of these buildings, discussion surrounded the construction of three classrooms, and an addition of a cafeteria, commons and kitchen area that would extend from the current gymnasiums. Washington Changes at Washington Elementary School surround what many call the 1950s addition. This area, closest to the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Park Avenue, would be demolished and rebuilt slightly to the east. The current courtyard would become hallway and classroom spaces, to accompany the new classrooms, art and reading rooms, and Early Childhood School areas. Offices would then be moved to the current art and reading rooms. It is estimated this project will take the most time to complete. Roofing Roofing improvements also are being considered for MHS, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Advancing C3 Specifics about each project, which ones will be chosen, and the timeline of implementation are still under discussion. What the district does know, however, is its goals are to further advance its Citizenship, College and Career initiative, as well as meet future curriculum needs. “I think there’s still a ways to go as far as what the final project will look like,” Ruder said. “This will be a great opportunity for students at McPherson schools as we continue on the (Citizenship, College and Career Readiness initiative) to upgrade facilities and meet the curricular needs for our students for many years to come.”