Carrie Rengers

KANSEL to more than double in size with purchase of campus

KANSEL executive director Thomas Montiel stands in front of the group’s future home – the first one it will own – at 1650 N. Fairview on Tuesday.
KANSEL executive director Thomas Montiel stands in front of the group’s future home – the first one it will own – at 1650 N. Fairview on Tuesday. The Wichita Eagle

In its 28-year history, the Kansas School for Effective Learning has operated out of several sites, each of which it has leased.

Next week, the group will close on its first purchase of its own building.

“A place to call home,” executive director Thomas Montiel says.

“This will be the first time we’ve purchased property to actually have a true school campus.”

KANSEL currently is in 7,000 square feet at 2212 E. Central.

Late this month, it will move to almost 16,000 square feet at the one-time Fairview Christian Church at 1650 N. Fairview in Midtown, which will more than double the size of the school’s space.

“I love the character in that area of town,” Montiel says. “I’m looking forward to it.”

KANSEL has high school degree programs in an adult education center for people 16 and older. It also teaches English for speakers of other languages and teaches workforce programs and skills.

The building is selling for $300,000, and Montiel says KANSEL will spend another $80,000 to $100,000 updating it over the next year.

The former Sunday school area and fellowship hall will convert to KANSEL’s school.

Montiel says he’s thrilled at the idea of a true campus.

“It’s a big cultural difference.”

Classes are scheduled to begin in the new space on Nov. 6.

Montiel says donations and grants will fund the new campus, and he says the purchase is coming at the right time.

“The need for our services … is continuing to increase.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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