Wichita board approves new K-8 school, Irving renovation

Wichita school board members approved plans Monday for two bond projects, including a new K-8 school near 143rd Street South and Pawnee.

The board authorized a contract with Straub Construction Co. Inc. for $16 million to build the school, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012. Designed similar to Stucky Middle School in northeast Wichita, it will serve initially as a K-8 but could become a middle school if enrollment increases and new elementaries are built.

The board also approved an addition and renovation for Irving Elementary at 1642 N. Market, which was built in 1941. The district plans to buy property southwest of the school to expand parking. That project is expected to cost about $2.6 million.