Monday, June 10, 2013
The Wichita Schools Board of Education continue weighing options for the future of Southeast High School and the southeast quadrant high school.
At tonight's meeting, the board received all the online feedback and input from the community meetings held in May.
"We would really like to do everything that we said we were going to do but when your operations get cut $60 million, you can't do the same thing that you did before," said Lynn Rogers, president of the board. "We have to look at what's best for our students, not just today but tomorrow."
The board members will decide on one of three options.
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.
The Board of Education will make a decision on June 24.