McNary sees growth if bond passes
November 15, 2017 By:MHS Piper
By Adah Mallery
McNary is planning on expanding the school in the near future, if voters approve a bond issue on the May ballot.
McNary has done a lot of research and polling, and they believe that the bond measure should pass. The bond will raise Keizer’s property tax, but only by a little bit. The school found a comfortable amount to raise the tax when asking for the bond.
If passed, construction will begin in the summer of 2019. Construction will continue through the school year and hopefully be done by the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
The first thing that will probably happen is tear down. The portables and tennis courts will probably be the first to go. The portables will most likely be moved to a different location. Because of the tear down some parking will be lost; mostly for barricades for construction. The school does not yet know how much this will affect parking and traffic. There will be “short term inconveniences for a long term solution,” Mr. Phillip Kelly, assistant principal at McNary, said.
There are three main areas that will be added to the back of the school. The first area, the largest, will be CTE classrooms. The main focus in this area is career technical classes, construction and entrepreneurial. A lot of the vocational classes will be there. The next area, the the right of the CTE area, is going to be for science labs. It is a smaller area, but it will probably be used only occasionally by the science teachers. Teachers can take their student to this area specifically for labs. To the right of those areas will be more classroom space. Once the construction is over there will be no more portables on campus.
The weight room will probably be gutted and reconfigured. By the end of construction the schools weight room “will be better, not bigger,” Mr. Scott Gragg, McNary’s athletics director, said.
One of the big things that is happening is the movement of the softball and soccer fields. The school is going to get the property behind the baseball fields.That is where the new softball and soccer fields will be relocated. This space will be a bit bigger than the last area. According to Mr. Gragg, this new field will also be a practice space. Also some of McNary’s youth activities will take place on the field. The tennis courts will also be moved into that area. In place of the old soccer and softball fields, the school will be getting more parking.
According to Mr. Kelly, our parking is better than some other schools. With this addition though, the amount of parking could almost double in size.
The addition of the parking will most likely make significant changes to drop off and bus routes. Exact routes have not been figured out yet. Traffic routes are a major issue that they are hoping to address with this expansion. Thoughts of putting in a traffic light on Lockhaven Drive have also occurred. The many focus of the light would be to control more flow on that side of the school; making it easier for people to turn into the school.
There is also an idea of adding a parent drop-off specific area. According to Mr. Gragg the parent drop-off would be a loop with no parking at all. The drop-off spot would be by the new soccer and softball fields; on the opposite side of the front doors of the school.
Administration offices will also be getting some work done. At the moment the offices are really broken up with the counselors offices, main office, sports office, and attendance office all seperate. The goal for the construction is to create better flow between the offices. Because administration is such an essential part of the school it is important that the offices are structured better and flow.