The school district expects all needs to be addressed and completed through a phased process over the course of four years (2018-2022). Exact project groupings and timelines would be developed if the bond issue is approved by voters. The mail ballot election is May 1, 2018.
In order to ensure the bond and interest mill levy stays below the current rate, the bonds will be issued in at least three phases over three years.
The Safety & Security projects along with the Classroom Audio Visual upgrades will be part of phase one. In fact, some of the Safety and Security upgrades could begin shortly after the outcome of the bond election is known.
In order to gain efficiency in construction costs, large projects at the same campus will commence at the same time. The larger projects at MVHS are planned for the first phase with construction starting in the summer of 2019.
The Career & Technical Education Center and the Early Childhood Center are planned for phase two which could begin construction in the summer of 2020. This will allow time for the district and community to plan for specific programs that could be included in the Career & Technical Education Center.
The third phase would include the theater at DHS and baseball and softball projects. The baseball and softball projects need to be completed later so a decision can be made as to the availability of funds necessary to install artificial turf on baseball and softball fields. The third phase could begin construction in the summer of 2021.
Other projects like elementary playground renovations and stadium upgrades will be prioritized and included across the three phases as funds are available. In the event that the bond election is successful, a detailed timeline will be developed in conjunction with architects and industry professionals and presented to the board and community.
If approved by voters, the school district will follow competitive bidding requirements for each project, as outlined by the State of Kansas. The Board of Education will approve and monitor expenditures to ensure it maintains proper financial oversight.