In 2019, when the Community Visioning Committee was assembled to study our facility needs and identify a possible bond solution, one of their first tasks was to establish the guiding principles and priorities for the work. This went beyond the bricks and mortar, to include the kind of district they wanted McPherson Public Schools to be, and what kind of opportunities they wanted for our children and students.
In addition to determining a comprehensive and long-term solution, the group also stressed the importance of fiscal responsibility, and putting together a plan that utilized existing resources. While the group explored a much more costly option of relocating the middle and high school to a new location, the Committee felt it was important to honor the tradition of the Roundhouse and performing arts center (while bringing them up to current and future needs). As such, the “campus” concept we’ve presented was born.
As a part of this conversation, our bond team (DLR Group and Hutton) looked at this option for viability, performing a “test fit” of the site to ensure it had adequate space for buildings, parking, and the many activities we will see on the finished site. This also includes identifying any potential infrastructure needs and incorporating these costs into the final scope.
What this means is that if there is work that needs to be done, including the efforts to ensure proper traffic flow, the cost of that will not impact the scope of the bond. In fact, it is already budget for – with 2.3% of the bond dollars allocated for necessary improvements, including roadwork for traffic flow onto the site. In addition, a comprehensive traffic study on the site is underway, and we plan to share those results in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your interest in this project and the great questions that are being posed. It is an exciting time to be a Bullpup and due diligence will continue to be done as we build for the future of McPherson.
Superintendent Shiloh Vincent