The New JCHS Update – May 4, 2018

The following update on the new Junction City High School provides information as of May 4, 2018. For more information on the schematic design or the construction process please attend Geary County Schools Board of Education meetings in person or view them live as USD 475 launches live broadcasting of meetings this month. Live broadcasts will be located on the district YouTube.com page or on at www.usd475.org.

Land Acquisition

Staff of USD 475 will seek approval from the board on the 8th of May to purchase the Munson property, plus its real property (metal building) and 95 acres of wheat for $717,000.00. The court process set the value of the land sans wheat and real property at approximately $3,900 per acre.

Financial Update

USD 475 reports receipt of an unexpected Heavy Impact Aid payment of approximately $1 million. These unexpected funds are due to the Department of Defense redistributing monies left over after the initial distribution. USD 475 also expects to see approximately $12 million more in payments this Spring (the DOD does not release a detailed schedule for receipt of these funds). This will result in an accumulation of approximately $56 million in HIA with another approximate $12 million payment expected in the Spring of 2019. Receipt of these funds makes the bond financing target of $66 million well within range further supporting promises made by the district to not increase the local mill levy.

Schematic Design

  • Architects with SJCF met with JCHS staff by department and the student council plus Construction House students on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (pictured above). These types of meetings have been ongoing to ensure the schematic design meets the needs of Junction City High School.
  • The SJCF team will present a workshop type program to the Board of Education on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, and will speak to how the design process has evolved. Some alternatives to be considered will also be presented.
  • SJCF and Hutton representatives are scheduled for two JC Now segments on Friday, May 11, 2018 (7:20 and 7:48 AM). The intent is to continue informing the community on the process of constructing a new high school. SJCF will speak to its processes and how the USD 475 project relates to others in the State (the JCHS project is significant and an impressive comprehensive effort that has gained attention throughout Kansas). Hutton Construction will speak to its processes too include how it intends to work with USD 475  to help keep the community updated during the construction process.

Image of timeline for JCHS project. Available upon request for the visually impaired. Updated on May 4, 2018.

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