Washington Elementary may face delayed start

By Chris Swick
July 10, 2015

Construction at Washington Elementary School in McPherson may not be completed in time for school to start.

USD 418 Director of Operation Sheldon Anderson informed the McPherson School Board Thursday night that the building project, itself, is on pace to be completed in time, but the new parking lot may be the issue due to a hold up from the City of McPherson.

“It will be tight,” Anderson said. “The parking lot will be the contender on whether or not we can occupy the building, because we have an egress. We can't egress out into a construction of a parking lot area. That's what the city [of McPherson] said [Thursday] morning.”

Anderson says that the next week will allow them to get a better handle on whether or not the construction will be done in time for the start of school.

“I think, once they get moving on it, it won't take too long,” Anderson said. “It doesn't seem like some of those contract workers take too long to get warmed up and going. It's just getting the city's approval, because the city's looking at the street and the future. I don't know how far out, but they want to make sure what we to do lines up with what they want to do. I think that's where their input has been a little delayed.”

School starts in the McPherson school district on August 13.