Early childhood education building is on a school bond issue in Hennessey

The $2.3 million bond in Hennessey would pay for construction of an early childhood education center and new agriculture barn.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: May 11, 2013
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Voters in Hennessey will decide Tuesday if the school gets a new early childhood education center and agricultural barn.

The $2.3 million bond issue would fund construction of a building that would house the district's growing prekindergarten and kindergarten programs. The agriculture barn would be used by students involved in FFA and other activities.

Superintendent Joe McCulley said having younger students in the same building with older elementary students has been problematic at times.

“The school was built before we had prekindergarten and those kids move so much within the building, with all of the high-stakes testing we have, we need to have a more calm and silent environment within the building for the older kids,” McCulley said. “It will help keep the halls quieter.”

Construction of the proposed 10,000-square-foot building would also free up some space in the current elementary school.

“It would allow us to take out some walls and expand our computer lab to 70 seats,” McCulley said.

There are about 60 students in the prekindergarten program and another 60 in the kindergarten program. McCulley said those numbers continue to creep up.

The agriculture barn is $200,000 of the bond issue.

“We're looking for more numbers in our ag programs,” McCulley said. “A lot of the reason they are down is kids don't have a facility to care for their animals.”

McCulley said about 60 students participate in the school's agricultural education program.



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