In November 2008, voters in the Wichita school district approved a record $370 million bond issue – the largest in the state’s history – to expand and improve schools.
The bond issue was proposed to pay for dozens of projects, including six new schools, 60 storm shelters, $61 million in athletics upgrades and $17 million in technical education programs.
About two years ago, district officials voted to “pause and study” remaining bond projects as they grappled with reductions in state per-pupil funding, capital outlay money and federal funds for storm shelters. Fifteen projects remain on hold; 16 are in various stages of development or design.
Here is a rundown of projects already completed or nearing completion:
Middle and K-8 schoolsAllison: Christa McAuliffe Academy: Hadley:
Elementary schoolsAllen: Anderson: Beech: Benton: Cessna: Chisholm Trail: Clark: Cleaveland: Cloud: College Hill: Colvin: Dodge: Enders: Enterprise: Franklin: Gammon: Gardiner: Griffith: Harry Street: Irving: Isely: Jackson: Jefferson: Kelly: Kensler: Lawrence: Linwood: McCollom: Minneha: OK: Ortiz: Peterson: Pleasant Valley: Price Harris: Seltzer: Spaght: Stanley: White: Woodman: