Wichita School Board Sets Dates For Community Meetings

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

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UPDATE: Monday, April 29, 2013

The Wichita Schools Board of Education wants to get feedback from the community as it makes its decision regarding Southeast High School and the southeast quadrant high school.

A Community Conversation is set for May 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Southeast High School, 903 S. Edgemoor.

Participants will hear an update on the data being gathered concerning the future of Southeast High School and will have the opportunity to break into small discussion groups to share thoughts and opinions.

In addition, there will be a Joint Site Council meeting on May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Northeast Magnet High School in Bel Aire, 5550 N. Lycee. This will be for parents of all schools in the Southeast boundary area.

You can also access an online feedback form from May 7 to June 5, by clicking here.

The Board of Education will gather community input through May, then discuss options and consider the community's perspective during its three meetings in June.

The BOE is anticipated to make a decision on this issue at its June 24 meeting.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wichita School Board of Education members are seeking community input on the future of Southeast High School.

"We think it's important not only to get the information and the feedback from the parents that live close to the current building, but those that come from the whole Southeast area," said Lynn Rogers, president of the board.

At Monday's board meeting, the Superintendent presented three options for the future of Southeast High School.

The first option would expand and renovate the current school, located at the corner of Lincoln and Edgemoor. The estimated cost for land acquisition, demolition, and construction is $13.85 million.

The second option would create a new, 1,800-student building on district land at the corner of 127th St. East and Pawnee. With this option, Southeast High School would relocate to the new building and the old building would be re-purposed and used by either the school district or other organizations. The estimated cost for the Southeast Quadrant High School is $54 million.

The third option would renovate the current school and build a new 800-student high school, which was proposed in the original bond plan. The total estimated cost is $56.35 million.

Rogers said there is enough money to build a new school and renovate Southeast High School, but there is not enough money to operate both school.

"We can't spend more than we have and that's one of the key elements," said Rogers.

Dates have not been set for the community meetings.

After the community meetings, the board will meet on May 6 to ask more questions. The decision will be made on June 24.

For more information on the Southeast options,click here.

To find the latest information on bond issue progress,click here.

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