New Southeast High Building To Be Funded By Bond Funds

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The new $54 million Southeast High School building will be funded by bond issued funds.

Bond funds can only be used for school construction and not for operating costs, such as teacher salaries.

On Monday night, board of education members voted 6-0 to relocate Southeast High School to a new 1,800-student building to be constructed at Pawnee and 127th Street East.

Members chose not to move forward with the original 2008 bond issue plans that called for renovating the current Southeast and building a new southeast quadrant high school.

The district website shows that since 2009, general fund operating dollars are $199 million lower than what state law dictates the district should have received.

"That is absolutely the reason decisions have had to be made around changing the bond plan. It's the continual cuts from the state," said Superintendent John Allison.

Southeast High School will relocate to the new building and the old building will be re-purposed. Allison said the board will consider relocating the Alvin Morris Administrative Center and the Focht Instructional Support Center to the current Southeast, as well as Wichita Area Technical College programs.

Construction will take 34 months and the new school building is expected to open in Fall 2016.

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Here are some additional money facts:

So far, $250 million have been spent of the $370 million bond issue passed in 2008.

Land for the new building was purchased for about $1.5 million in 2010.

Costs for busing students to the new high school are expected to be between $28,000 for additioanl fuel costs to $560,000 for 14 additional buses prior to state transporation reimbursement.

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

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