By MSD Superintendent Phyllis Kohel
At the Board of Education meeting on November 24, it was announced that the district had received a response from the PLUS (Preliminary Land Use Service) Committee stating the recommendations/requests by the State Planning Office that must be addressed prior to final approval of the Simpson property as a school site. The majority of the recommendations (i.e. traffic impact study, signal agreement, inspection of wetlands) are things that will be addressed during the design phase of the project, so we just have to inform the State Planning Office that we will comply with what needs to be done.
If the referendum passes, and we can purchase this land, we will build a 1,400 student high school that will provide a number of benefits to the district:
– 191 acres will provide ample space for a new high school and a future school 20 years from now if needed
– We will build a “21st Century Education” facility that will offer a number of practical pathways to our students (i.e. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Engineering, Dental Assistant, etc.)
– We will expand our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program and provide additional space to grow the arts program.
– We will build a second auditorium and be able to bring in some much needed revenue from renting out our facility.
– By enhancing our children’s education, whether you have children or not, through a high-quality school system, everyone’s property values have the potential to increase.
– Opportunity for local businesses to bid for construction jobs/materials
– Opportunity for local community members to have access to athletic fields (i.e. tennis courts, walking paths)
This referendum is not just a district project; it is a community project and we all need to work together to offer the best that we can to the children of this district. Please help us in doing this. We all know how busy the holidays can be, but we want to keep you informed and give you the opportunity to meet to offer input or have your questions answered. Therefore, by the end of December, we will be sending out a list of dates and locations for public meetings focused on a March referendum. In the meantime, if you would like me, or anyone from the District, to speak to your club, or organization, please feel free to contact me at 302-422-1607. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday season. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, and I need your help. Happy Holidays.