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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wichita school board approves storm shelter for Minneha Elementary

By Suzanne Perez Tobias
The Wichita Eagle

One of Wichita’s largest elementary schools will have a storm shelter by next spring, after board members unanimously approved a bond project tonight.

The $1.25 million addition to Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary, near Central and Webb, will include a multipurpose room that will double as a storm shelter. The plan also includes restrooms and new office space for the school’s latchkey and physical education programs.

Minneha has more than 700 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Board members also voted to spend up to $150,000 to add special-education classrooms to a new elementary school in south Wichita.

The new school near 31st South and Seneca is scheduled to open this fall. It will merge two open magnet elementary programs — Lewis and Emerson — and serve as a neighborhood school. It also will serve students with special needs who attend Lincoln Elementary, which will close this year.

The board voted unanimously to approve a change order with Coonrod Construction Co. Inc. to spend up to $150,000 to add special-education classrooms.

The district also plans to remodel parts of OK Elementary to serve students with special needs who attend Bryant Elementary, which will close this year. Officials have not said how much that project will cost.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com.

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