Wichita district seeks name suggestions for two new schools

The Wichita school district is accepting name ideas for two new schools — one elementary and one K-8 — that will open this fall.

Officials have been referring to the new elementary near 31st South and Seneca as “Lewis/South” because it will replace Lewis Open Magnet Elementary and serve as a neighborhood school.

The K-8 school is in the southeast part of the district, near 143rd East and Pawnee.

Board policy requires that schools be named for deceased people. Elementary schools are to be named for prominent local people who have died; middle schools and K-8 schools can be named for local, state or national figures.

Suggestions for school names must be submitted in writing — by letter or e-mail — to the clerk of the board. They should include the suggested name and reasons, as well as the name, address and phone number of the person suggesting the name.

Mail suggestions to Wichita Public Schools, c/o Clerk of the Board, 201 N. Water, Wichita KS 67202; or e-mail them to

School board members voted earlier this month to transfer the Northeast Magnet High School name along with its program to a new high school in Bel Aire.

A school at 53rd North and Woodlawn will be the new home of Isely Traditional Magnet Elementary. And the board decided in 2010 to name a new school at 33rd North and Arkansas for Martin Ortiz, a North High graduate and leader in Latino education.

Superintendent John Allison said he will appoint a committee to consider suggestions from the community to name the new south elementary and southeast K-8.

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