New Schools Still Planned For Wichita

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Wichita School Superintendent John Allison discussed the loss of state funding they have experienced since the bond projects were passed in 2008.

"It's significant. When you look at the original plan from 2008, almost a $50 million dollar a year [loss in] operating expense. There isn't a business around that's not going to impact the way we do business," said Allison.

The plan was to add five additional schools, including a high school, two K-8 schools, and two elementary schools. Based on current operating costs for schools, it would cost $24 million to operate the five schools.

"I don't think the issue is as much whether or not they will open schools but how will we utilize space," said Allison.

For the next few months until the Choices Fair in February, the board will have to ask questions about the future of those schools, given the reduced state funding.

"It's kind of sad on where we've gone. You would hope that as the economics improve in the state, that there'll be a renewed commitment to education. It really is the future," said Allison.

A more detailed timeline is expected at the Sept. 12 board meeting.

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