Update (June 8) – The McKinney City Council tabled the issue until June 21st.
On Tuesday, June 7, the McKinney City Council will discuss whether or not to allow a charter school to lease out the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) during school hours throughout the 2011-2012 school year while a permanent location is constructed.
On the pro side, the Imagine International Academy of North Texas, would pay the city about $88,000 in rent, a nice chunk of change for our great city. Although I’m not convinced, school advocates also say the school would bring in foot traffic to the downtown shops and restaurants.
On the con side, auto traffic will increase on the square. You can bet parking will be hard to come by on the already bustling square. Additionally, TABC prohibits alcohol from being sold within 300 feet of a school. The good news is that existing establishments are exempt, but what about new restaurants or shops that want to make McKinney their home?
I know I’m thrilled to have a first rate, nationally recognized charter school in McKinney, but I’m not convinced MPAC is the best place for Imagine’s temporary home. Most charter schools when faced with this situation lease out portable classrooms or churches. Are they more expensive than MPAC?
What do you think? What are some compromises?
The public hearing will take place at 6:00 pm on June 7 at 222 N. Tennessee St. I invite you to cast your anonymous vote on the TSB homepage – look for the Hot Button Topic!