Wichita South High bond construction nearly complete

A bond issue expansion and renovation at South High School is nearly complete and will be ready for students next month, Wichita school district officials said.

South High’s new gymnasium, swimming pool and music suite – part of $14.2 million in bond work approved for the school in October 2011 – will be the focus of this year’s Titan Fest celebration Aug. 23, said principal Cara Ledy.

“It’s amazing,” Ledy said of the expansion and renovation. Athletes already are using the new gym and other rooms for summer conditioning.

“The kids are pretty excited,” she said. “They’re very, very proud of this facility, and that’s so nice to see.”

The school, at 701 W. 33rd St. South, also got a new pottery studio, art space, digital photography classrooms, a culinary arts room and a room devoted to its new fire-science program.

Dondlinger and Sons Construction built the South High addition, which was designed by Howard and Helmer Architecture. The addition is similar to one at Heights High School.

The new South High gym seats 2,400 people and includes a walking track, locker rooms, a wrestling room and physical-education storage space.

The nearly complete 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 double as fortified storm shelters.

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