Maize District Considering $74.9 Million Improvements

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UPDATE: Monday, December 10, 2012

Maize School District is considering a list of building improvements that total $74.9 million.

Planners have been studying projected facility needs of Maize schools for the past 18 months. They presented their report at tonight's board of education meeting.

The projects include middle school improvements that add a third middle school, a new early childhood center, athletics improvements that include a new community aquatic center, transportation and safety improvements, and a career and professional center.

The board is not expected to take action at next month's meeting.

The superintendent said more time is needed if it leads to a school bond issue.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012
It isn't growing at the rapid pace it was a decade ago, but the Maize School District is still growing. School planners say they want to be ready for that growth.

Planners have been studying projected facility needs of Maize schools for the past 18 months. They plan to present their report soon to the school board.

Communications Director Karen McDermott tells reporter Chris Frank there are five areas that will need further study which include a FEMA improved tornado shelter for Maize High School, Athletic facility improvements including a new press box and a swimming pool.

The largest component, according to McDermott, would be the addition of a third middle school. The last bond issue in 2006 built a new elementary and middle school and converted Maize South High School.

Planners say they are concerned about not being ready when current elementary students enter middle school. The board will look at recommendations Monday evening. However, no action will be taken for the time being.

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