WICHITA, Kansas –– Should it stay or should it go? School leaders with USD 259 are considering building a new Southeast High School, but they are also considering renovating the old school.
It’s been a source of controversy for some, as alumni and parents in the area of Southeast High have asked about keeping Southeast where it is. Others have said a new school is the way to go.
Monday night school leaders gave a tour of the existing Southeast High to show the building to parents and those interested in the future of the school.
“It’s a sentimental issue for me,” said Southeast Alum Kay Sommerfeld. “I’m here to listen to see what other people have to say. And I feel like I’m probably biased in my opinion because I don’t have a child who goes to school here. So I don’t know the current issues that the kids here would have. But I’ll be listening and looking.”
Kay was at the school with her friends, some of whom also graduated Southeast High back in 1961.
“It’s an emotional time,” said Mary Ridgeway-Sickler. “We haven’t been back here for more than 30 years. We came back here a long time ago for our 2o year graduation anniversary.”
School leaders will be listening to alumni, current parents, and future parents for the rest of the month. The school district will either build a new school, renovate the current school or renovate Southeast High School and build the new southeast quadrant school at a site to be determined.
School board members will likely make a decision at the June 24th school board meeting.