Dear Methacton Families,
Methacton School District is proud to earn continuous recognition for excellence in providing an outstanding public school education. The prestigious US News and World Report recently ranked Methacton High School in the top 10% of all public high schools in the Commonwealth and in the top 10% of public high schools nationally.
The focus of the Methacton School District Strategic Plan is to improve upon our reputation of excellence with a vision for the future that considers the academic, safety, facilities, communications, athletics and activities, and the overall experience for students, parents, staff and the community.
The Methacton High School is arguably among one of the most prominent attributes of this school district. However, as a physical plant, the original 1960s structure along with the entire building challenges outlined in the 2016 facilities assessment show that significant upgrades, replacements, and renovations are required in the next 2-10 years to maintain this building/campus.
Given the timing, costs, and potential academic disruption that these physical plant challenges produce, we must consider the long-term impact of these investments and their resulting outcomes.
The vision for the future must be ambitious, realistic, and must take into consideration the short and long-term benefits of any investment. It must consider our students, staff, and community for the next 25-plus years. It must consider the future world of work for students and staff and what the research defines as best practices in teaching and learning. It needs to consider these factors while also recognizing the need for greater flexibility and the ability to adapt over time.
As outlined in our strategic plan, there is a clear and pervasive perspective from well over 100 plus students, staff, parents, and community members who agree that -- aside from the required maintenance of our high school -- significant improvements to the building and campus aesthetics along with increased building and campus safety and security are extremely important. Furthermore, the plan specifies the need to:
- appropriately size and equip the auditorium;
- provide adequate parking and improved traffic flow on campus;
- provide a Fabrication/STEM Lab as a central hub for all curricular disciplines;
- provide permanent spectator seating and lighting at the softball/baseball fields;
- renovate the tennis courts, swimming pool and all respective restroom, locker/team rooms; and,
- add a health and wellness center equipped to support the athletic programs, student physical education programming, and the health and wellness of students and staff.
Recently, the Methacton High School was scheduled to undergo significant renovation of its HVAC systems including the classroom unit ventilators, piping, boilers and chillers. It is estimated that the project would cost approximately $40 million dollars and would bring much disruption during the 2.5 to 3 years until completion. In the end, this 2.5 to 3 year project, if implemented, would result in an update to the HVAC systems with improved humidity control. That work, while important, would fundamentally determine all future improvements to the building in the subsequent 25-plus years.
Improvements at the high school must come with the consideration of what is best for the long term. The same 2.5- to 3-year construction disruption could be structured to accomplish several to all of the strategic initiatives while also addressing HVAC. This would provide a significant positive school and community result to realize our vision for the future and cement our competitive attractiveness for years to come.
Over the next several months, I will be sharing with the Board and public a pathway forward to address our maintenance needs of this building and campus while also capturing the appropriate the vision for the future of Methacton High School.
In other OUTSTANDING district news...
Now let’s take a look at some of the events and achievements that took place across the district in October...
ARROWHEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Thank You Thompson Family for Donating a Beautiful Balloon Display for Back to School Night
EAGLEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
October Music Class!
Mr. Landis' music class explored tuneful singing, xylophones, and all things spooky during this month's classes.
Nurturing the Kindness Tree
WOODLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Fall Is Here!
4th Graders Dance at Woodland
WORCESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SKYVIEW UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Skyview Strong Fundraiser
Skyview began our Skyview Strong Fundraiser on October 11th! Our students have set a goal to raise $20,000!