USD 329 board to explore bond options at special meeting

After postponing a decision on a potential bond issue at its November meeting, the Wabaunsee Board of Education plans to discuss options at a special meeting 6 p.m. December 2 at the district office.

HTK Architecture presented options to the BOE as possible solutions to building and maintenance problems. A facilities committee, made up of citizens from throughout the district, recommended an option that would close several buildings and consolidate elementary students in Paxico.

The following list of options shows the potential costs, a list of renovations and changes  and pros and cons of each option as seen by the Charger staff.

For more information, including notes from the facilities committee meetings, a detailed breakdown of options, and a letter from superintendent Brad Starnes, visit the USD 329 website. 

Option #11: $15,068,500

  • Close Paxico Middle School
  • Close Maple Hill Elementary School
  • Move 7/8 to High School
  • Remodel High School Kitchen to Full Cooking Kitchen
  • Replace gym floor at Paxico
  • Replace gym floor at Original High School
  • Move MHES/AES to current JH site
  • Move District Office/Daycare to AES Annex building
  • Remove Mobiles 
  • Build new Pre-K-6 building at existing JH site
  • New roof/HVAC at new portions of JH

Pros:

  • Save $ by reducing teacher travel
  • Eliminate run-down buildings that need renovation
  • Allow elementary teachers to collaborate more
  • More class opportunities for junior high kids

Cons:

  • Not every town will have a school
  • Alma Grade school kids will bus
  • Might cause a loss in students

 

Option #1: $2,808,000

  • Replace District Wide Roofs/HVAC/Lighting

Pros:

  • The roof will last a few more years
  • The heating and AC won’t be horrible anymore
  • Avoid spending money in the present or proposing a large bond issue

Cons:

  • Doesn’t address any other problems
  • Still leaves issues with class sizes and bussing
  • Just delays the inevitable

 

Option #2: $1,850,000

  • Close Paxico Middle School and Demolish
  • Move 5th grade to Alma, Maple Hill Elementary 
  • Move 6th grade to junior high

Pros:

  • Each town keeps a school
  • Middle school/JH in one building

Cons:

  • Doesn’t address other building problems

 

Option #3: $8,080,000

  • Close both Paxico buildings
  • Move grades 7 and 8 to Wabaunsee High
  • Move 5,6 to elementary schools

Pros:

  • Two fewer buildings to maintain
  • Some savings in staff

Cons:

  • Squeezes space in elementary schools
  • Elementary staff is still split, several teachers still travel

 

Option 4: $6,000,000

  • Close Paxico Middle School and demolish it
  • Close Wabaunsee Junior High and demolish it
  • Move 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to High School
  • Move two 5th grade into Alma ES Pre-K 5
  • Move two 5th grade into Maple Hill ES Pre-K 5

Pros:

  • Two fewer buildings to maintain
  • More class options for 6-8 kids

Cons:

  • Paxico will no longer have any schools
  • MHES and AES will have more students in each building

 

Option #5: $14,232,850

  • Close and demolish middle school and junior high
  • Move MH Elementary to Alma Elementary (Wabaunsee Elementary School)
  • Move 5th to WES
  • Move 6th, 7th, 8th to WHS

Pros:

  • Two fewer buildings to maintain
  • More class options for Junior High kids

Cons:

  • More bussing for elementary kids

 

Option #6: $12,739,880

  • Close Paxico Middle School
  • Close and sell Maple Hill Elementary
  • Move 7/8 to HS
  • Move MHES to current Junior High site
  • Replace gym floor at current junior high and high school
  • New classrooms (Pre-K, K-4, 5-6)
  • Replace roof at Alma Elementary
  • Minor renovations at AES with partial HVAC
  • Remove original JH building
  • Remove mobiles in Paxico

Pros:

  • JH kids will have more class options

Cons:

  • Maple Hill won’t have a school
  • Elementary teachers won’t be able to collaborate

 

Option #7: $18,769,480

  • Close Maple Hill Elementary School and Demolish
  • Close Alma Elementary and Demolish
  • Close Paxico Middle and Demolish
  • Close Wabaunsee Jr High and Demolish
  • Move grades 7, 8 to Wabaunsee High
  • Build new K-6 on current Alma site

Pros:

  • Reduced teacher travelling
  • Teachers will be able to collaborate
  • More class options for JH

Cons:

  • Increase in bussing

 

Option #8: $56,620,000

  • Close MHES/Demolish
  • Close AES/Demolish
  • Close Middle School/Demolish
  • Close Jr High/Demolish
  • Close High School/Demolish
  • Build NEW K-12 on New Site
  • New Athletics
  • Land and Utility Extension
  • Soft Costs/Miscellaneous

Pros:

  • Everything is brand new
  • Positives from most plans apply here

Cons:

  •  All grades will have to travel to the site for school
  • Towns will lose schools
  • The cost is high, meaning it will be more difficult to pass a bond issue

 

Option #9: $15,992,680

  • Close Maple Hill Elementary School and Demolish
  • Close Alma Elementary School and Demolish
  • Close Middle School and Demolish
  • Close Junior High and Demolish
  • Build NEW K-8 on current Alma site

Pros:

  • Eliminates run-down buildings

Cons:

  • Doesn’t fix maintenance problems at the high school
  • All grades will have to travel to Alma for school
  • Might cause a loss in students

 

Option #10: $27,498,200

  • Close MHES/Demolish
  • Close AES/Demolish
  • Close Middle School/Demolish
  • Close Jr High/Demolish
  • Close High School (Keep latest Addition)
  • Build NEW K-12 on Ex. Site (keep gyms/athletics)

Pros: 

  • New building
  • All students will be in one place, easier to keep track
  • Less traveling teachers

Cons:

  • More students will need to be bussed
  • Not all towns will have a school

 

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