The Wichita Board of Education vote was unanimous … 6 to nothing. The district will build a new Southeast High School at 127th Street East and Pawnee, at a cost of 54 million dollars. The current building at Lincoln and Edgemoor may become a school administration building, and could also be home to at least part of the Wichita Area Technical College.
The district will also market its downtown office building at 201 North Water.
It was no surprise that the board’s decision angered some who wanted to renovate the current Southeast and keep it open as a high school. There are a lot of great memories for those who attended classes in that building.
The district just could not afford to renovate a 50-year-old school plus open a new one. The idea is to move the school and all its traditions to a new location in a growing part of town.
So, the Southeast High School Golden Buffaloes will have a new home in 2016.