At the heart of every thriving community is a great school district. Here in McPherson, we’ve been blessed to have wonderful teachers, staff, parents, and patrons committed to providing the best possible educational experience for every child in our city. When it comes to the quality of our educational spaces and facilities, we have an opportunity to improve and make that experience even better.
More than three years ago, the Board of Education recognized that updating our district buildings needed to be a priority. They commissioned an extensive facility study and brought together more than 60 members of the public and educational staff and students to review these findings and put together a plan that will meet the needs of our students well into the future. This is the plan you see before you today.
In addition to addressing every need identified in the facility study, the timing of this plan is important. It allows our community to take advantage of record-low bond interest rates, meaning we’re able to address more needs with less overall cost. Couple that with the city sales tax partnership (which does not raise the rate, but rather, allows our property taxes to be less impacted), and it is truly a unique opportunity to set every student in McPherson up for the greatest possible success.
We are excited to see the positive impact this plan will have on the 2400 students that call McPherson Public Schools their home.
You have an opportunity to weigh in on this important community conversation by casting your ballot on Tuesday, June 8, and I hope you will.
Superintendent Shiloh Vincent