Wichita school board members on Monday approved additional funds for a bond construction project at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary, one of the district’s largest elementary schools.
The district recently learned that it will get Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for the $1.25 million project, which includes a storm shelter. The board approved spending another $86,000 – FEMA money plus capital outlay funds – on the project.
The addition to Minneha, 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. Work is expected to be complete by spring.
Minneha has more than 700 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
Prior to their regular board meeting Monday, school board members acknowledged schools that achieved the state Standard of Excellence at grade levels and building-wide.
The award is given when a certain percentage of students in a school scores in the top performance levels on state tests and only a small number are on academic warning.
Wichita schools this year received 141 awards. Forty-one schools – 32 elementaries, one K-8, four middle schools, three high schools and Levy Special Education Center – received the standard of excellence in reading, math or science, according to data released last month by the Kansas Department of Education.