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Wichita board to discuss Mueller Elementary sale, unfinished bond projects

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 8:51 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

Wichita school board members will talk about unfinished bond projects in detail Monday after a brief business meeting in which they are expected to approve the sale of a vacant elementary school.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday in the North High lecture hall, 1437 Rochester.

At a brief regular meeting, board members will consider the sale of the former Mueller Elementary School, one of five public-school buildings that closed last year as part of cost-cutting measures.

Mark Cox, owner of Vintage Construction in Wichita, submitted the winning bid for the property at an auction Feb. 15, offering $56,000 for the school.

The appraised taxable value of the school and surrounding property – at 2821 E. 24th St. North, just northwest of 21st and Hillside – is more than $1.7 million, according to Sedgwick County tax records.

After the regular meeting, board members will meet as a committee of the whole, a workshop-style meeting where they will revisit their bond issue to-do list and possibly discuss options for Southeast High School. No action will be taken.

Some Wichita residents who oppose closing Southeast High School have launched a campaign urging district leaders to stop any plans to move the school. Representatives of the group, including Builders Inc. president Mike Garvey, plan to speak against that option during the public comment portion of Monday’s regular meeting.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SuzanneTobias.

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