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Meetings set to gather feedback on Wichita education priorities

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at 7:17 p.m.

Wichita superintendent John Allison will host a series of community meetings – one at each of the district’s seven comprehensive high schools – to gather feedback about education priorities.

“This is not to talk about budget, it’s not to talk about bonds, it’s not to talk about boundaries,” Allison said. “This is really to talk about what we hope to do for students and to get feedback from our community.”

The first meetings are next week: Tuesday at East High, Wednesday at Heights, and Thursday at West. All will begin at 6:30 p.m. Participants will be asked the following questions:

• What are the most important educational priorities that we should focus on?

• Of the things you see as priorities, what are we doing well?

• Of the things you see as priorities, what do we need to improve?

• What do you need from the Wichita Public Schools in order to help your child be successful academically?

Allison said he intends to mark his fifth school year in Wichita by actively seeking feedback from parents, employees and the community about educational initiatives in the district. Since he was hired in 2009, district discussions have been dominated by budget cuts, boundary changes, bond issue priorities and a debate over whether to build a new Southeast High School.

Here is the complete schedule of feedback sessions:

• Tuesday, East High, 2301 E. Douglas

• Wednesday, Heights, 5301 N. Hillside

• Thursday, West, 820 S. Osage

• Nov. 19, South, 701 W. 33rd St. South

• Nov. 20, North, 1437 N. Rochester

• Nov. 21, Northwest, 1220 N. Tyler Road

• Dec. 4, Southeast, 903 S. Edgemoor

Feedback from the sessions will be gathered and a summary report presented to the school board in January, officials said.

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

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