WICHITA — The Wichita school board will consider a proposal tonight to buy property at the corner of 13th and Waco — the site of a former Dillons grocery store — to expand the North High School campus.
Board members are expected to vote on a $2 million deal to buy the property.
School leaders are considering a plan to renovate the grocery store and use it to house some of North High's technical education programs. The 4-acre property also could provide much-needed parking for North, which is the district's smallest high school campus.
Martin Libhart, the district's chief of operations, said money to buy the property would come from the district's capital outlay fund. Part of the $370 million bond issue voters approved in 2008 called for nearly doubling North High's technical education building, which sits between the school and the Dillons building. Renovating the old grocery store and "constructing some sort of connecting link" to the school annex may cost less than expanding the building, Libhart said.
Also tonight, Denise Wren, assistant superintendent for high schools, will present a plan to increase graduation requirements, starting with the current sophomore class.
The proposal calls for graduates to have at least one semester of career or technical education and one semester of financial literacy. Board members will get their first official look at the plan and may discuss it tonight but are not expected to take action.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. today in the board room at North High.