As I’ve been having conversations with members of our community regarding the June 8 bond election, one question I hear a lot is “How long has this planning been going on – is this new?” I’m glad residents are asking this question, because it means you care about making sure we’ve done the work to put together the best plan for our district. And no, the bond election and planning are not new. In fact, the overall facilities conversation has been going on for more than two years now.
In 2018, following an assessment of all district buildings by Kraybill and Associates, the Board of Education discussed the need for a long-term plan, to include a potential bond issue. To help facilitate that process, the BOE hired architectural firm DLR Group and contractor Hutton.
This team, with guidance from the district, created two visioning groups – one made up of a cross-section of community members, and one of educators and current students. Their goal was to review the building findings and put together a plan to ultimately present to the board and the public for approval.
After more than a year of work, and a statistically valid community survey, the combined visioning group presented the plan you see today, and the board approved sending the scope of work to voters for consideration.
If you’re interested in learning more about the committee or the content of the meetings, additional details are available on the dedicated bond website, www.usd418bond.com, within the FAQs section. I hope you’ll see it was a thoughtful and open process.
Superintendent Shiloh Vincent