HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Nickerson-South Hutchinson USD 309 is going forward with work on its school buildings after passing a 9 year, $7.6 million bond this past spring.
"The science classrooms are about 90% complete," said USD 309 Superintendent Curtis Nightingale. "Students are back in those classrooms now with all updated furnishings and equipment and everything else. There's just some minor things, the hallways need to be re-floored and some of that stuff, but the science rooms are completed."
The engineers are working on the drawings for the rest of the projects.
"The architects are currently designing those buildings," Nightingale said. "We're going to see those space designs after we come back from the first of the year and begin that process of the board approving those designs and then they'll be securing materials and that will give us a time frame based on how far out the material delivery will be, when they can begin renovation and then start work."
As the district continues its strategic planning process, it is making every effort to get buy in from as many parents and community members as it can.
"We're doing our best to reach out to make sure every voice is being heard," Nightingale said. "We're trying to do the best we can to get people involved. It goes back to, it's awful difficult to tear down a culture that you helped create. By getting those voices heard and getting those people to the table and having a conversation, at least they can't say no one consulted them or they weren't asked."
The USD 309 Board of Education held a special meeting with its consultant from KASB on the strategic plan on Nov. 14.