Maize school board discussing student placment options

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Wichita, KAN. -- A community task force presenting options on student placement to the Maize school board Monday night after several months of study.

There are a number of concepts the community task force has examined. Perhaps the most contentious would be doing away with Maize South High School going back to a single high school and having a school just for freshman. Those ninth graders would go to what is now Maize South.

Another concept is to create boundaries within the main district boundaries to determine what school a student would attend instead of the parent preference method now used.

Corey Tyrell's wife is on the task force. They have two children in Maize schools and he said something has to be done. "I would support the boundaries because I feel like in five years we're going to be in the same situation we are now.. looking for another solution", said Tyrell.

Maize Superintendent Doug Powers says although the status quo is an option, the board has a lot to consider when deciding how to put seven thousand students in ten buildings. "Best use of existing facilities, capacities of buildings", said Powers. "I think also patron satisfaction and patron input would be a big pieces of that."

The board will not be taking action on the concepts Monday night but will discuss them again at a workshop on February 24th.


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