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Spat over selling school buildings is puzzling

Right Literacy Academy teacher Billie Vliet, left, works with 6-year-old Tommy Barbour on a project at the school. (April 10, 2015)
Right Literacy Academy teacher Billie Vliet, left, works with 6-year-old Tommy Barbour on a project at the school. (April 10, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

It is puzzling why the Wichita school district reportedly led the Fundamental Learning Center to believe that two vacant school buildings were for sale and then refused to sell either one of them. If the district is developing a facility plan for the buildings, as school board president Sheril Logan explained, why didn’t it say that much earlier? Having available buildings can be valuable, as was seen in 2013 when a fire damaged College Hill Elementary School. But an unneeded, vacant facility is costly and isn’t good for a neighborhood – especially when it could be put to positive use by another educational group. Does the district really need a year to decide which buildings to keep and which to sell? – Phillip Brownlee

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