By Jessie Wagoner
McPHERSON—The McPherson School District is taking another look at facility needs and is requesting community input.
The district launched a community-wide survey on Monday, which will remain open until Oct. 29.
Superintendent Shiloh Vincent said in a release the survey will be used to help develop a vision that improves school facilities and better prepares students for success in school, the workplace and life.
“Something we’ve consistently heard following the recent bond election was that residents wanted more of a voice in the process,” Vincent said. “We believe this is an important step in that direction, both in terms of the facilities conversation but also for the district vision overall.”
The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/USD418 and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey is also available in paper form at the district office. All community members are encouraged to complete the survey.
Vincent said the district will be sending out postcards with the survey information to households across the district. He said the district is already planning to hold a series of community meetings following the survey completion. Those dates will be announced soon.
“We’re spending the fall focused on listening to members of our community and gathering feedback,” Vincent said. “We are determined to investigate and identify all the necessary priorities and ideas that should be included in our overall vision, but to do that, we need your help. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to make your voice heard.”
The community survey comes after the failed bond election that was held at the beginning of the summer. There are a number of facility needs throughout the district that need to be addressed and will require a bond of some type. By gathering additional information from the community, the district will be able to construct a more suitable bond for the community to consider.