School board votes to sue architectural firms, contractors

The Wichita school board voted late Monday to file a lawsuit against architectural firms and contractors for $2 million in repairs made to Hamilton Middle School because of what school officials said was a shoddy renovation that was part of the 2000 bond issue. Administrators said at least one of the firms involved wouldn't sit down with the district for a possible settlement after repeated attempts to schedule mediation.

The district expects to file a lawsuit immediately, said Tom Powell, the district's attorney. The district hired an outside firm to handle the lawsuit on its behalf, and Powell said there are no cost estimates for the legal action yet.

This is the first lawsuit the district has had to file in recent bond project construction, Powell said. In other cases, the district has been able to settle out of court.