Education

September 5, 2014

Wichita school board considers buying property to expand Robinson Middle School parking

The Wichita school district is considering paying $229,000 for property near Robinson Middle School to expand parking at the school.

The Wichita school district is considering paying $229,000 for property near Robinson Middle School to expand parking at the school.

School board members are expected to vote Monday on a proposal to buy four duplexes at Third and Oliver, just north of the middle school. The average purchase price for the properties, all in the 400 block of North Bleckley, is $57,250, according to a district report.

Earlier this year the school board voted to build a new 800-seat auditorium, practice gym and storm shelter at Robinson. The addition, one of the last remaining projects from the 2008 bond issue, is estimated to cost $4.5 million and will take up much of the school’s parking lot.

Superintendent John Allison said before the board vote to approve the project that it was “really out of the norm,” costing about twice what was proposed in the original bond plan, while some other schools’ projects have been scaled back or dropped altogether. Board members first approved the concept in 2011, saying Robinson’s enrollment – and especially its music program – have outgrown the school’s current auditorium, which seats only 500.

According to the school board agenda for Monday, the property purchase will be paid for out of the district’s capital outlay budget.

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

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