School district to continue North Mercer discussion in August

After last month’s all-day retreat, which included a presentation and discussion on various possibilities for the North Mercer campus, the discussion will continue at the Aug. 2 meeting.

The board, which held a meeting on July 19 with the ad hoc committee, decided to continue the conversation — without scheduling community meetings on the topic — until more information can be presented by the Mahlum, the architectural firm hired by the board to study the options.

During the Aug. 2 meeting, Mahlum will return to present the board with information on two options. The first would be to include adding a sixth MISD school to the North Mercer campus, as discussed during the all-day retreat. The second option would be if the district chooses to put the sixth school on a different piece of property, possibly on land not yet owned by the district. The board discussed some sites during an executive session on June 28, and the areas looked at will be provided to the board’s Ad Hoc Committee for further consideration.

As part of the upcoming presentation by Mahlum, MISD Superintendent Gary Plano asked the architects to look at both options, and to include cost estimates or a range of costs for all of the different options.

The board felt it was important to have a better idea of costs and possible price ranges for the various options before scheduling community meetings. The board plans to decide after the Aug. 2 meeting how best to engage the community to get feedback in the various options.

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