On June 9, 2015, our Maize Schools community approved a key $70.7 million piece of our proposed bond plan that will create a safe and promising future for all of our students.
The district has selected Hutton Construction to be the construction at-risk manager to help projects run on time and on budget. Maize USD 266 had a good experience using such services to implement the 2007 bond projects.
The great news for Maize Schools is that, for 2015-16, the state aid level will be 39 percent, up one percent from the 38 percent that was available in 2014-15 in accordance to Kansas law.
Our architects will kick off the next phase of design work, and district grounds and maintenance employees will begin work on smaller improvement projects, such as some of our athletic upgrades.
We have put together this resource page to answer your questions about the bond, and you also can click here to view a presentation about the bond.
If you have additional questions not answered here, we welcome your email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support of Maize USD 266!
ABOVE: An expanded and renovated Maize Middle School would provide Maize Schools with much-needed space for our middle school students for years to come.
Identifying the need
In 2011, Maize USD 266 staff leaders, parents and community volunteers formed the Maize Facility Needs Committee, which collaborated and met exhaustively to identify the greatest building and related needs to carry Maize Schools into a successful future. Representing all of the district’s schools and departments, members’ discussions, research and meetings spanned years. They identified the highest-priority projects and presented detailed plans to the Maize Board of Education. Their work evolved into an affordable improvement plan for our children and their future.
As public school funding in Kansas has dropped, school districts like Maize cannot rely on operating funds or capital outlay to pay for major multi-million dollar improvements. Even critical projects like roof repairs take a major toll on a district’s budget. Bond projects are necessary when it comes to the future of our students and the vitality of the school budget.
Listening to our community
In 2013, Maize Schools worked with Patron Insight Network to conduct a scientific survey of our school district community to collect feedback on the proposed projects. This was just one tool in the process to allow you, our residents, to weigh in on what is important to you when it comes to Maize Schools.
A closer look at the master plan
For a closer look, please click on the images below to view a PDF version.
KWCH, Channel 12: School bond issue approved in Maize (June 9, 2015) and Parents want FEMA shelter at high school (April 8, 2015)
The Wichita Eagle:
The Wichita Business Journal: Maize voters approve $70.7M bond proposal, natatorium component defeated (June 9, 2015) and Maize bond projects include a natatorium, safe room (May 20, 2015)
KMUW, Wichita Public Radio 89.1 FM: Maize, Haysville school district voters approve bond issues (June 9, 2015) and Voters in Maize School District to decide $83.5 million bond election (May 21, 2015)
KAKE, Channel 10: Three area school districts approve bond issues (June 10, 2015)
KSN, Channel 3: Maize, Haven approve school bond issues (June 10, 2015)