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Derby grad manages bond construction projects for district

January 10, 2019
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As seen in the Derby Informer, by Deb Gruver. (Jan 09, 2019)

Working on the bond projects for Derby Public Schools is a trifecta of sorts for Mitch Binns.

Binns manages the Wichita office of McCownGordon, the company managing construction for the district’s new elementary school and other improvements that voters approved last year.

“I’ve been able to work on my alma mater K-State’s football stadium, K-state’s engineering complex and now I’m getting to work on my school,” the 2004 Derby High School graduate said.

Binns grew up in Derby, attending the district from kindergarten to graduation.

He’s been at McCownGordon six years. The bond issue is one of the company’s main projects in Wichita as well as Rock Regional Hospital, also in Derby.

Working on the district’s projects was “very intentional,” Binns said.

“Of course I wanted to be involved in the bond projects,” he said. “It’s been great to get reacquainted with the district facilities.”

All of the projects have their unique element, he said.

“Swaney Elementary is a smaller remodel but it will be fun to improve that facility,” said Binns, who attended that elementary school. “Stone Creek Elementary will be a beautiful new build that Derby has been anticipating for years. The high school will be challenging due to the phased nature of the work so the project does not disrupt the educational environment.”

Binns has seen some of his former teachers while attending school board and other meetings.

“I saw my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Crowdis, at a school board meeting,” he said. “Everyone’s been really great to work with.”

The district says the same of him.

“Not only does he know the school district well and have a great sense of pride being an alum, he is incredibly hard-working and professional.,” said Katie Carlson, director of communications. “His dedication to his job and pride in this community and school district make a great contribution to implementing our bond projects.”


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