Wichita school board to consider another $1.1 million for new Southeast High

Illustration of the new Southeast High School being built at 127th Street East and Pawnee.
Illustration of the new Southeast High School being built at 127th Street East and Pawnee. Courtesy illustration

Wichita school board members on Monday will consider another $1.1 million in expenses for the new Southeast High School.

The board’s agenda includes recommendations for several big-ticket items that aren’t included in the $60 million contract with Dondlinger Construction – food service equipment, gymnasium bleachers, gym scoreboards and stage curtains and rigging.

If approved, the items would be paid for out of the district’s capital outlay fund, according to district documents.

Recommendations call for the district to enter into contracts with various vendors: Sunflower Restaurant Supply for food service equipment, $568,829; Kansas Contract Design for gym bleachers, $338,183; Daktronics for gym scoreboards, $66,571; and Theatrical Services Inc., for stage curtains and rigging, $169,999.

The new Southeast High at 127th Street East and Pawnee – the largest project of the 2008 bond issue – broke ground about a year ago and is scheduled to open in August 2016. It will replace the current Southeast High at Lincoln and Edgemoor.

The new school’s $60 million price tag does not include furnishings, lockers, science lab supplies, physical education equipment, technology, phone systems or many other things necessary for the high school to open, Superintendent John Allison told board members recently. Officials aren’t sure what will be moved from the current building to the new one, he said.

Earlier this year, board members learned the new school likely will open without a varsity football stadium, as proposed in the original 2008 bond issue plan.

A turf field, track, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and other outdoor athletic amenities will be designed by district staff and bid separately to save on costs, Allison said. Those contracts have not yet been presented to the school board.

The new Southeast High is the first Class 6A high school to be built in the district since Northwest High School in 1978.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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