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MISD Wrapping Up 2016 Bond Program On Time and Under Budget, Renovating More Campuses than Expected

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Thursday, August 27, 2020
In addition to a campus-wide refresh, Malvern Elementary unveiled a new mascot and logo that now adorns the school's gym: the Malvern Elementary Red Hawks.

In addition to a campus-wide refresh, Malvern Elementary unveiled a new mascot and logo that now adorns the school's gym: the Malvern Elementary Red Hawks.

McKinney, Texas – Four years ago, the McKinney ISD community approved a $220 million MISD school bond package—accompanied by a tax rate decrease—that included a wide array of projects to be completed over a five year span.

The most visible of those endeavors was of course the McKinney ISD Stadium and Community Event Center (2018) and the new McKinney High School Performing Arts Center (2019).

night image outside stadium lit with blue

McKinney ISD Stadium, which was funded by the 2016 MISD School Bond program, hosted its inaugural game in August 2018 when McKinney High School met McKinney North High School in the 2018 season home opener.

But, the bond program also called for numerous other items that touched every campus across the district in some way: facility upgrades, school additions and renovations, a bolstered and expanded safety and security network, expanded parking and an on-site fueling station for the transportation facility, upgrades to the district’s technology infrastructure and funding to maintain the district’s instructional technology initiative that has put a laptop in the hands of every student in grades 3–12.

shot of auditorium from stage

The beautiful, new McKinney High School Performing Arts Center opened in February 2019.

Now, MISD is nearing the conclusion of those 2016 Bond projects, with approximately 90 percent of the projects delivered over the last four years—as well as an additional seven campus refresh projects the district was able to add: Eddins Elementary, Reuben Johnson Elementary, Malvern Elementary, McKinney North High School, McNeil Elementary, Walker Elementary and Wolford Elementary. MISD was able to deliver these projects with funds saved by using its own project managers, moving the timeline forward on bond projects and completing projects under budget.

“The 2016 Bond was a landmark occasion for McKinney ISD,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel. “I am pleased to say that we have delivered on our promises to our community, and then some. The completion of these bond projects is a continued testament to our commitment to providing the best facilities and instructional environment that we can for our students and families in McKinney. We are continually evaluating our facility needs and making sure that we’re taking care of our stakeholders’ investment.”

Recent Bond Project Highlights

Looking back to the summer and fall of 2019, the MISD facilities team oversaw the completion of new band hall additions at Cockrill Middle School, Evans Middle School and McKinney Boyd High School that provide additional rehearsal space as well as practice rooms, equipment storage and office space.

wide shot of bright room

New Cockrill Middle School Band Director Kyle Wiechmann teaches class via Zoom in the bright, spacious Cockrill Band Hall addition that was completed in the summer of 2019. When on-campus learners return on September 3, band halls will once again be filled with music.

At McKinney North High School, the district has now completed the final of three phases of refresh projects that complement the major renovation/expansion effort which concluded in 2016. The first two phases brought updates to the school’s existing academic wings. The most recent work focused on the performing arts wing: new ceilings, carpet, tile, fresh paint. The auditorium received similar treatment with up-to-date, energy-efficient lighting and new, upgraded seating.

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New, upgraded auditorium seats at McKinney North High School were part of a fine arts refresh project at the school that was funded by the 2016 Bond program.

The McKinney North gym received an update with all new seating as well, along with new paint and a floor refinish. The athletics multipurpose facility got an update, too, with new turf, paint and refreshed locker rooms.

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The McKinney North High School gymnasium received a refresh that was funded by the 2016 Bond program.

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The McKinney North High School athletics multipurpose facility got new turf as part of an athletics facility refresh at the school that was funded by the 2016 School Bond program.

MISD also added an above-ground, on-site fueling station to the district’s Transportation facility that will save MISD approximately $60,000 a year in fuel costs.

white fuel tank with buses in background

One of two new, above ground refueling tanks at the McKinney ISD Transportation facility.

Malvern Elementary and McNeil Elementary each received a campus-wide update this summer as part of the district’s scheduled refresh cycle for schools that have reached the 15–20 year milestone.

The most immediately noticeable change is that the multicolored deluge of primary colors is gone at both schools in favor of softer blues and grays throughout the building.

view down main hallway

A view of the beautiful, newly refreshed main corridor at Malvern Elementary. The campus-wide refresh project was funded by the 2016 School Bond.

“The renovated Malvern building is beautiful!” said Malvern Principal Rhonda Gilliam. “We are thankful to be a part of a community that invests in world-class facilities for our children. We can’t wait for the students to return to see their school! It is a great day to be a Malvern Red Hawk in McKinney ISD!”

view of office exterior

The newly painted and updated front office at Malvern Elementary.

In addition to new paint, carpet, tile, doors, HVAC and plumbing fixtures, both schools got new furniture and classrooms now feature updated 75-inch touch-screen boards to replace the former smart boards used during classroom instruction.

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Malvern kindergarten teacher Courtney Prine adjusts the settings on her classroom’s new 75-inch touch board. Each classroom received one as part of a campus-wide refresh funded by the 2016 School Bond program.

 

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The McNeil gym reflects the new color scheme employed at both McNeil and Malvern after the refresh project funded by the 2016 School Bond program.

Each school’s front entry now has a slightly reconfigured security vestibule and sign in area and both libraries got new circulation desks and furniture.

Both Gilliam and McNeil Principal Tracy Meador pointed out the instructional space that was added with student lockers being moved from the classroom to the hallway.

a view across the cafeteria of the new stage

The newly repainted McNeil Elementary cafeteria. Gone are the visually bracing multicolored patterns in favor of softer blues and grays. As the project concludes, a curtain will be added to the stage.

interior view inside security vestibule

The beautifully updated entry and security vestibule at McNeil Elementary where hand sanitizer stands wait to be deployed around the building in anticipation of the return of students on September 3.

“We are thrilled with the refresh at McNeil!” said Meador. “We are so appreciative of the coordinated efforts of all the MISD departments who had a hand in making it happen. Walking through the halls and classrooms and seeing the fresh paint, new tile and carpet, and bright, fun furniture just lifts our spirits. We look forward to the opportunity to show off the updates and share the halls of McNeil with our families and students soon. We appreciate our MISD School Board and leadership who make it a priority to ensure our students have the best facilities in which to learn and grow.”

view of lockers in hallway

Simple but effective…at both Malvern and McNeil, additional classroom space was created by moving student lockers from inside the classroom to the hallway.

Other recently completed 2016 Bond projects include a new kitchen at Caldwell Elementary and new cooler/freezer units at Burks Elementary, Finch Elementary and Webb Elementary. The Community Event Center food preparation and serving area was converted to a fully functioning kitchen.

With only a handful of projects remaining on the 2016 Bond package, McKinney ISD continues to deliver on its commitment to students and the community to provide a first-class education in first-class facilities.

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