Wichita school board meeting rescheduled for Monday

02/27/2013 8:53 AM

02/27/2013 8:53 AM

The Wichita school board meeting postponed because of inclement weather has been rescheduled for Monday.

School leaders are scheduled to revisit their bond issue to-do list and possibly discuss options for a proposed new high school and plans for Southeast High.

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

On March 11, board members will have a brief regular meeting to vote on consent items, followed by a special informational meeting to further discuss the bond issue.

More than two years ago, the Wichita board put dozens of projects from the $370 million bond issue on hold as it grappled with reductions in state per-pupil funding, losses of about $4.5 million a year in capital outlay money and losses of millions more in federal funds for storm shelters.

Since then, 52 bond projects have been approved for construction or are in the planning stage.

Projects still on hold include a proposed $38 million high school in southeast Wichita, a $10 million technical education magnet program, a $12 million expansion and renovation at Southeast High School and projects at Coleman, Hamilton and Robinson middle schools.

In coming weeks, school board members also will consider the sale of the former Mueller Elementary School, 2821 E. 24th St. North.

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. Mueller was one of five Wichita public school buildings that were closed last year as part of cost-cutting measures and new attendance boundaries.

Cox said he plans to develop a housing project in the former school building.

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