Wichita Board of Education prepares to vote on fate of Southeast High School

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WICHITA, Kansas-– Concerned parents have been lobbying for weeks worried that construction of a new school could force the district to shutter southeast.

Southeast has stood in the neighborhood of Lincoln and Edgemoor for almost 60 years, but tomorrow could start a new chapter for the school that’s if the board votes to move it.

“If it’s all the way out there we have to worry about buses, waking up early, and getting there on time,” said Anastasia Allen, sophomore at Southeast High School.

Southeast High School student Anastasia Allen is talking about the location at Pawnee and 127th.

The intersection could be the new home for Southeast if the school board votes yes to the option of moving and building a $54 million dollar school there.

“That area is prone for growth and we just don’t have the room at Southeast or other high schools to keep them operated at a decent class size so we need the extra school at that facility,” said Jeff Davis, Vice President for Wichita Board of Education.

Allen tells KSN News she knows her school is in desperate need of costly repairs, but believes that the better option for the future generation attending Southeast is to renovate and not move it.

“I wouldn’t mind it,” said Allen. “It would be easier instead of moving a school all the way out there and having to worry about the transportation for students and changing schedule and things like that.”

But the vice-president of the school board argues that once a decision is made then they’ll figure out a plan for busing and transportation.

“There’s a lot of concerns and a lot of misinformation that a lot of people think we’re going to abandon the neighborhood,” said Davis. “We’re not going to do that. We’re not doing that.”

Members from the Coalition to Save Southeast are planning a demonstration Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. outside of North High where board members will be voting.

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