Monday morning, 24,000 kids picked up their book bags and headed out for their first day back to school in Wichita. Some of those kids started this school year in a bigger, better building.
More than 600 sixth, seventh and eighth graders started off their first day in the brand new Stucky Middle School. This day has been two years in the making. The school was built as part of Wichita's bond issue.
Construction is still not finished but Ken Jentz, Stucky's principal says today went off without a hitch and that everyone was excited to be back in school. Several kids said they had a hard time sleeping because they were so excited about their first day.
While the kids are back in school, construction is still underway. At Stucky they still need to finish the gym, auditorium and some music rooms. It should all be done by late fall.
Nearly 12,000 kids are now in air-conditioned rooms this fall than when the bond issue first passed.
The heat plan is in effect for Wichita Public Schools for the first week of school. That means students will get out of school by 1:30 p.m. each day. For information on the district's heat plan, and schedules for Wichita schools, click here.