Here’s the situation: the Wichita school district is coming up short on its construction and operation plans for projects approved in the 2008 local bond issue … a sweeping renovation of U-S-D 259’s facilities. The Kansas Legislature has cut its appropriations to schools the last couple of years, possibly in violation of the state constitution.
The district has planned to build a new high school on the southeast edge of Wichita, anticipating residential growth in that area over the next 25 years or more. But what to do with Southeast High School, built in 1957?
School board president Lynn Rogers tells me only a couple hundred students live within two miles of Southeast. He says the building might be used for purposes other than a traditional high school, as the new high school is built. Or the district could close Southeast. Or the district could halt plans for the new high school.
Public input is being sought over the next few weeks, before a final decision is made.
Our thought for today is from Mahatma Gandhi:
“Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”