Over the course of the last few months, you’ve likely heard a lot about the upcoming (June 8) bond issue. What I think is important to remember is that this conversation is not new – in fact, it began more than three years ago, with a facilities study by Kraybill Associates. This comprehensive assessment reviewed all district buildings, and came to the following conclusions:
As a result, McPherson Public Schools hired DLR Group and Hutton to facilitate a long-term plan to address these needs, including a potential bond issue. To accomplish this, we brought together 30 community members and 30 educators and students to form a Visioning Committee to review the needs, identify priorities, and plan for the future.
The results of over a year and a half of work by the Visioning Committee is the scope of work you see today – one that addresses all of our buildings, programming needs, and the future of educational spaces – and does so in a fiscally-responsible way, utilizing existing resources whenever possible, and building upon our proud traditions. I hope you will take the time to participate in this important community conversation via your vote on June 8.
Superintendent Shiloh Vincent
A well-rounded student who is prepared for whatever future they’ve planned is always the goal of McPherson Public Schools. For some, that means finding their greatness in the band room, or on the stage. It may mean mastering chemistry, but also excelling on the track. Whatever the passion, we want to have robust programming that equips them for success, while also fueling the things that make an educational experience whole.
This is what the Visioning Committee also had in mind for the scope of this bond proposal – a long term, fiscally responsible solution that would not only touch every building, but also provide opportunities in and out of the classroom for every student.
Yes, athletics is a part of that discussion, and this scope. The conversation about transitioning out of the McPherson College facilities into our own spaces is not a new one. Not only would it provide additional opportunities for sports practices and games (including age separation that isn’t always possible now), but also marching band, and greater physical education programming. And in total, these components make up only 10 percent of the overall cost – the rest is dedicated academic space. It would also cover improvements to our fine arts programming, including needed updates in our performing arts center, while preserving the tradition of the space. Again, our goal is to best equip McPherson students for future success, and we believe all of these components speak directly to that.
Don’t forget that we’ll be offering several open house opportunities to come and have your questions answered and learn more about the bond – including high school tours tomorrow, May 6. I hope you’ll be able to join, and if not, please feel free to reach out at any time.
Superintendent Shiloh Vincent