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Wichita board to consider bond contracts for improvements at three schools

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 3:34 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 7:11 a.m.

Three more Wichita schools will get additions or renovations if the school board approves proposed bond issue contracts Monday.

Board members will consider a contract with Walz Harman Huffman Construction for about $1.45 million in bond work at Jardine Middle School in the Planeview neighborhood in southeast Wichita. That project calls for four new classrooms that would be built as a Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved storm shelter.

Black Traditional Magnet Elementary, near Ninth and Zoo Boulevard, would get about $1.4 million in bond work, including two new kindergarten classrooms, a new music classroom, several remodeled classrooms, restrooms and a new controlled-access entry and reception area. National Catastrophe Restoration was the low bidder on that project, said Kenton Cox of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey, the district’s bond manager.

Board members also will vote on a contract with Commerce Construction Services for just over $1 million in bond work at Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet, a K-8 school at 1243 N. Market.

The school board voted earlier this year to move forward with a scaled-back project at Horace Mann. The school will not get a new gymnasium and locker rooms, as originally proposed in the 2008 bond plan, but will instead get a new science lab and music suite.

Horace Mann’s gymnasium is smaller than most middle-school gyms because the building was designed as an elementary school, Cox said. The school uses it for practice and physical education but does not host middle-school basketball or volleyball games.

The proposed new science and music classrooms will bring those facilities “up to par with other middle schools” for sixth- through eighth-graders at Horace Mann, Cox said.

Horace Mann has 604 students, including 164 in sixth through eighth grades.

The revised plan is expected to save more than $1 million in bond costs, Cox said. The original bond plan called for $2.4 million in additions and improvements to Horace Mann.

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

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

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