Annual Community Guide: Updates on McKinney ISD and Collin College projects in 2018

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A lot of news took place at McKinney ISD and Collin College in 2018. Here is a recap:

McKinney ISD district news

McKinney ISD kicked off the 2018-19 school year with a new districtwide initiative called Live Kind. The initiative is intended to create a positive school culture for students and staff, and address mental health, school culture and climate.

McKinney Boyd High School, Evans Middle School, Cockrill Middle School

Fine arts expansions are under construction with completion at Evans and Cockrill in August 2019 and McKinney Boyd in December 2019. The project includes expanding the band halls, storage areas and art rooms. The MISD board of trustees approved $1.64 million for civil work on these projects.

Serenity High School

Serenity High School relocated prior to the 2018-19 school year to a 2,000-square-foot space attached to McKinney North High School. Serenity High is a fully accredited high school in MISD for students who have completed alcohol and drug rehab.

Valley Creek and Glen Oaks elementary schools

These elementary schools were renovated this summer. Renovations include new tile, carpet, paint and gym floors. The district tries to renovate two or three elementary schools each summer with funds from the 2016 bond.

Lawson Early Childhood School; all elementary schools; Dowell, Evans, Cockrill, Johnson and Faubion middle schools; McKinney High School

Part of the 2016 bond program included funding for the purchase and installation of new digital marquee signs at Lawson; all elementary schools; and Evans, Cockrill, Johnson and Faubion middle schools. Digital marquee signs were also replaced at Dowell Middle School and McKinney High School.

McKinney High School

Construction on the 61,000-square-foot performing arts center is expected to be complete in January. The 1,000-seat center will be used daily by the theater, band, orchestra and choir departments.

McKinney ISD district news

The district increased pay rates for substitute teachers Nov. 12 in an effort to stay competitive among neighboring school districts. Rates were raised from $90 per day to $110 per day for substitutes with teaching certificates and from $85 per day to $100 per day for substitutes with college degrees.

Collin College Technical Campus

Officials broke ground on the college’s new technical campus Sept. 7 in Allen. The 340,000-square-foot career and technical education facility will offer programs in automotive service and repair, construction, health care, manufacturing and information technology.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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