Wichita school board OKs addition to Truesdell Middle School, honors scholarship winners

The Wichita school board approved a $2.4 million bond issue addition to Truesdell Middle School on Monday.

Board members also recognized and celebrated about 100 graduating seniors who collectively earned more than $12.7 million in college scholarships.

“That’s the kind of headline we need in this district,” said board member Connie Dietz. “I was absolutely overwhelmed tonight.”

The seniors who crowded into the North High School lecture hall were among their schools’ 10 highest scholarship recipients or had earned scholarships of $40,000 or more, said Bill Faflick, assistant superintendent of secondary schools.

They addressed the board one by one to explain what they planned to study after high school. Their answers included physical therapy, teaching, medicine, engineering, fashion, theoretical physics and video game design.

“These are the best of the best,” Faflick said.

Later in the meeting, the board unanimously approved a $2.4 million addition to Truesdell, part of the district’s $370 million bond issue. The addition will include a practice gym and storm shelter, remodeled classrooms and offices for administrators, counselors and other members of the student support team.

A proposed music suite came in over budget, said Kenton Cox, an architect with Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey, the district’s bond manager, so it was not included in the project approved Monday.

“We’ll have to look at that again” and likely bring it back to the board later, Cox said.

The Truesdell addition is scheduled to be complete in August 2013.