Former elementary school may be put to use again

Child Advocacy Center may buy Lincoln Elementary.
Former Lincoln Elementary School, the future home of the Child Advocacy Center.

WICHITA, Kansas — One of Wichita’s former elementary schools may see children roaming its halls again.

The Wichita Board of Education is considering selling Lincoln Elementary, 1210 S. Topeka, to the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County (CACSC).

CACSC is offering $260,000 for the property. A school district spokesperson says that is close to the property’s appraised value.

On Monday, the BOE is scheduled to adopt a resolution to declare Lincoln Elementary as surplus. That will allow the BOE to enter into an agreement to sell the property.

The school closed in 2012.

In a statement from USD 259, Lynn Roger, BOE president, said:

“The agreement with the Child Advocacy Center will support children in our community, some of those will be students of the Wichita Public Schools. The sale of the building is in the best interest of our community by supporting services for children and by saving the district the expense of maintaining a school that is no longer in use.”

The CACSC helps children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, Internet crimes, human trafficking and runaways.

It hopes to bring all the agencies it work with under one roof, agencies like EMCU, medical and mental health services, child advocacy and legal services.

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