South High School will get a new swimming pool, gymnasium and music suite as part of $14.2 million in bond work approved by the Wichita school board Monday night.
The school, at 701 W. 33rd St. South, also will get a new pottery studio, art space, digital photography classrooms, a culinary arts room and a room devoted to its new fire science program.
"I'm really excited. It's about time," said board member Jeff Davis, whose district includes South High. "They really need those new facilities."
Dondlinger and Sons Construction will build the South High addition, which was designed by Howard and Helmer Architecture. It is slated to be completed in the summer of 2013.
Earlier this year, district officials put many of the projects in the district's $370 million bond issue on hold while they dealt with impending budget cuts and re-evaluated priorities and spending.
Since then, the board has moved forward with about half the projects, though many have been scaled back in places.
South High's addition will be similar to one under construction at Heights High School, said Kenton Cox of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture, the district's bond manager.
The new gym will seat 2,400 people and include a walking track, locker rooms, a wrestling room and physical education storage space, Cox said.
The music suite will include vocal and instrumental music rooms, an ensemble practice room, offices and storage space for instruments and uniforms. The new music suite and wrestling rooms will double as fortified storm shelters.
Because of the addition, a communication tower at the school will have to be relocated, Cox said. That cost is not included in the project amount the board approved Monday night. Neither is the cost of new tennis courts, auditorium upgrades and all-weather turf, which were bid separately.
Several other renovations, including a new fire science room, were designed for South's career and technical education pathway program. This fall, South began partnering with the Sedgwick County Fire Department to offer courses in law and public safety, firefighting and emergency medical technician (EMT) training.
School board members also approved a $1.4 million contract with Roble Commercial Construction Inc. for an addition to McCollom Elementary School at 1201 N. Waddington near 13th and Tyler. That project includes a new cafeteria and music classrooms.