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Dr. Higgins: Thanks to community support, district begins work on bond projects

Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools
The future of Maize USD 266 looks bright, thanks to voters who overwhelmingly approved our district's plan Aug. 27 for a $108.2 million bond issue to address growth, safety, and opportunity for all students.
Beyond the green light to pursue these much-needed projects, the bond election results also demonstrate the general support our OneMa1ze community has for our students, schools, and goals. In fact, the support came at an unprecedented level that set a record for Maize USD 266 in its bond election history dating back more than 40 years. That message energizes our employees, students, and families in a way that further encourages us to strive to be the best school district we can be.
We are forming teams to study design options for our two intermediate schools, with plans for them to hold 5th- and 6th-grade students beginning in the 2021-22 school year. The tight timeline will allow us to add space to relieve crowding as soon as possible in our five elementary schools and two middle schools. Additional teams will explore the new indoor pool-auditorium facility.
On Sept. 9, our Maize Board of Education members approved bond project locations on district-owned land. The south intermediate school for fifth- and sixth-grade Mavericks will be on 37th Street North west of Maize Early Childhood Center. The north intermediate school for fifth- and sixth-grade Eagles will be on 45th Street North west of 119th Street. The pool-auditorium will be at the southeast corner of Academy Avenue and 119th Street. I cannot wait to watch these projects take shape. Board members also voted to pursue a Construction Manager at Risk to be a contractor on bond projects, a process Maize USD 266 used in our last two bond issues.
Another vital element of the passing of the bond issue is the financial flexibility the district will have to responsibly address other ongoing maintenance and improvements, deferred projects, and any emergencies that may pop up unexpectedly, such as those related to storm damage or failed HVAC units. Maize USD 266 will proceed in efforts to continue to provide our students and employees with an ideal learning environment.
Fortunately, it also looks as if the market likely will be in our favor when we sell bonds for this bond issue, which sets up the district for success with projects and debt services.
On behalf of our employees and school board, thank you for your ongoing support and for joining us in believing in a limitless future.
Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools