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Wichita school board sets final special meeting to hear discussion on Southeast options

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 9:50 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

Should the Wichita school board expand and improve Southeast High School, build a new school in the far southeast quadrant of the district or both? Tuesday evening will mark another chance to share your input.

A communitywide meeting will be held at Southeast High, Lincoln and Edgemoor, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. At that meeting, residents will hear an update on bond construction as it relates to Southeast and then break into small discussion groups to share thoughts and opinions, officials said.

Child care will be provided, and Spanish and Vietnamese translators will be available.

The Wichita school board has been debating the future of Southeast High: expansion and renovation, a new school or both. Board members intend to approve a plan June 24.

In recent weeks, parents who live within the Southeast High boundaries shared their opinions at a combined site council meeting, and members of the public toured the school, which opened in 1957. District officials also offered tours of Northeast Magnet High School in Bel Aire, which would serve as a model for a new southeast quadrant high school at 127th Street East and Pawnee.

District officials also are collecting feedback online through a survey on the district’s website. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/southeastreview.

Tuesday’s meeting is the final special meeting on the topic of Southeast High. Members of the public also can address the board at any of its three regular meetings in June.

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

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