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Park City School District gets to work with school expansions now that the bond succeeds


The Park City School District's $79.2 million bond passed by a substantial margin. Here's what happens now.

With more than 5,000 voters casting votes in favor for the Park City School District facilities bond, Business Administrator Todd Hauber said he is grateful and honored by the support from the community.

Now it’s time to get to work on major construction at school campuses throughout the district – the master plan’s goals call for projects to be complete by the start of the 2024 school year.

On Wednesday, Hauber met with financial advisors and the Bond Council to discuss next steps.

The $79.2 million bond will pay to expand the high school to add 9th grade and expand Jeremy Ranch and McPolin elementary schools to accommodate preschool programs and wrap-around services.

Hauber said the various projects are on different timelines. Design work is already underway for the high school, and construction starts in April of 2022. Construction at the elementary schools is scheduled to begin by fall of 2022 or spring of 2023.

“So that's how the projects under the bond will move forward. Ecker Hill will move parallel with the high school, so we're in predesign discussions on that facility as well, with again, the expectation that we'll be able to start construction in spring or early summer."

Hogan Construction and MHTN Architects are the design and build team for the high school and middle school projects. Hughes Construction and VCBO Architectural Firm will handle the four elementary school building projects.

"McPolin and Jeremy Ranch, they'll start first, and as they wrap up, we'll start the other two, the Parleys and the Trailside. So, hopefully not six all at once if we can help it.”

He said the district has $13 million in reserve. The $50 million needed to move 8th grade to Ecker Hill Middle School and expand preschool at Parley's Park and Trailside elementary schools will come from reserves, charitable contributions, and other financing mechanisms.

"To go this route is really to bring online the high school as quick as we can to bring Ecker Hill into play as well and to have our elementary schools built out so that we can handle the demand for preschool education and the community services."

Details of the design plans can be found on the district website under the Future Schools tab.

KPCW reporter Carolyn Murray covers Summit and Wasatch County School Districts. She also reports on wildlife and environmental stories, along with breaking news. Carolyn has been in town since the mid ‘80s and raised two daughters in Park City.