3 Wichita schools slated for bond improvements

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Wichita School Board will consider some bond issue projects for three schools.

Horace Mann will be adding extra classrooms that will include a full service science lab. The band, which now meets in the lunchroom, will have it's own place in a school where 98% of the students are in band or orchestra.

Horace Mann principal Vanessa Martinez says everyone is excited about the improvements. "It's anticipated to be finished in 2015 , so some of our students who have been a part of band and science will get to appreciate the new changes", she said.

Black Traditional Magnet Elementary will receive two new kindergarten classrooms, a music room, remodeled classrooms and restrooms.

At Jardine Technology Magnet Middle School four new classrooms will be built as a FEMA approved storm shelter. That's something principal Laura Atherly says you can't put a price tag on. "In ths community, there are not a lot of houses with storm shelters", said Atherly. "And so knowing that we have that here at school, it's going to be a huge relief to parents."

The board will vote on the improvement at Monday night's school board meeting.

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