College Hill Elementary School relocates to former Bryant Elementary School building

College Hill Elementary Fire (KSN File Photo)

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WICHITA, Kansas — Several maintenance crews from USD 259 spent a good portion of their day working at the former Bryant Elementary School building Tuesday afternoon.

The district unveiled plans to relocate College Hill Elementary about 8 miles across town.

Pushing back the first day of school to August 19th.

“We realize this may be an inconvenience for some of you [parents] but it’s imperative to have a safe and welcoming environment to bring children back to the start of the school year,” said Supt. John Allison, Wichita Public Schools.

Firefighters arrived on scene Monday afternoon to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor.

Investigators believe the fire may have been sparked by a microwave or a fridge sitting in a shared closet space.

The fire caused extensive water and smoke damage to two classrooms.

“Restoration people are miracle workers,” said Cap. Stuart Bevis, Wichita Fire Department. “But there are a lot of stuff that’s going to be 259’s call to see what they’re going to be able to get done.”

Having already found a building to relocate 475 students, 26 classrooms, and 50 staff members, the district still needs to find a temporary location for school programs.

“They want to talk later about possibly using the church for some programs and we’re certainly amendable to that if the need arises,” said Sr. Minister Don Olsen, Plymouth Congregational Church.

Plymouth Congregational Church across from College Hill Elementary is in talks with the district to possibly house the Latchkey and breakfast programs.

The district plans on formally announcing those plans Thursday afternoon.

If parents have any questions, they can email them to info@usd259.net, or call the main College Hill school number at 973-9600.

The district has support staff answering the school’s phone line until the new school office set up.

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