Wichita district will sue over Allison Middle School work

The Wichita school board voted Monday to sue three firms over shoddy renovation work at Allison Middle School under the 2000 bond issue.

Board members voted in February to sue two of the same firms — structural engineers Professional Engineering Consultants and general architect McCluggage, Van Sickle and Perry — for $2 million in repairs to Hamilton Middle School. Repairs were needed to correct structural errors during 2000 bond issue work that put the building in danger of collapse, according to the lawsuit.

It's uncertain whether students and staff at Allison faced the same severity of risk, superintendent John Allison said.

"While there are similarities, there are enough dissimilarities," he said. "We continue to work on a remediation plan" with an outside expert.

Allison students and staff have worked by sharing classroom space in parts of the building not affected by the repairs.

The general contractor for the Allison renovation, Key Construction Co., will also be listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, expected to be filed in the coming weeks.