The following article was supplied by the JC Breakfast Optimist Club.
The JC Breakfast Optimist Club met May 29 in the Hampton Inn Meeting Room. “Thank You” cards were received from Mason Muto, the JC Breakfast Optimist Club winner of a $500.00 scholarship to attend Wichita State University Tech School and the Junction City Community Band for the Optimist Club’s donation of $200.00 to the Jack Moore Scholarship.
The guest speaker was David Wild, Chief Operations Officer with USD 475 Geary County Schools.
Club members were brought up to date on the progress of the “New Junction City High School”. Mr. Wild stated that the good news is that “there are 67 million dollars in escrow to pay for the new school. This honors a commitment to the taxpayers that there will be no further need beyond that which was voted on (November 17, 2017) from the tax payers pockets to pay for that building.” He also stated that “the District is fiscally healthy.”
Mr. Wild was asked about the future of the current Freshman Success Academy (FSA) building at 300 W. Ninth Street. He told Club members that “the building is being called the Karnes Building”, which it was called following the opening of the Junction City Middle School at 700 Wildcat Lane. “The Boys and Girls Club is in the process of moving into the Karnes Building and the new Superintendent, Dr. Eggleston, has a vision for using the building as an educational enrichment center with multiple purposes.”
When asked about the future of the current JCHS building, Mr. Wild stated that “the District is currently involved in informal discussions regarding salvaging and repurposing of the green space on which current JCHS facilities are located.”
He went on to tell Club members that “the District website provides opportunity for people to see pictures of what is being done on the “New JCHS” site by viewing pictures taken every 20 minutes and drone video footage shown in a time lapse video taken every 30 days.” (www.usd475.org/the-new-JCHS-construction-project/)
Some of the other work being done this summer includes a new gym at Westwood Elementary; restroom upgrades at Ware Elementary; asphalt repair at various locations; HVAC preventive maintenance; transportation support for summer school programs and deep cleaning of buildings.