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2000 Bond Accomplishments

    • 92 school projects received improvements as part of the 5-year construction plan.
    • 6 reconstructed school facilities: Earhart, Horace Mann, Allen, Enterprise, Linwood and Washington
    • ALL district schools are now air conditioned; 67 schools now have air conditioning that didn’t when the bond referendum was passed in April 2000.
    • School improvements include:
      o   1.2 million square feet of newly-constructed space
      o   6 million square feet of existing space fully or partially renovated
      o   30+ “safe rooms” constructed in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Association to serve dual purpose as both student space (gymnasiums, classrooms) and shelter from severe weather
      o   Two brand new schools added to the district in northeast Wichita: Stucky Middle School, constructed on land donated by Koch Industries, and Jackson Elementary School
      o   500+ new classrooms replaced temporary, inadequate spaces
      o   150+ new science labs in every middle and high school
      o   20 new libraries, 13 more renovated
      o   218 portable classroom buildings demolished

Planned versus Accomplished

Community Support

  • Nearly 6,000 Wichita citizens responded to the public engagement survey commissioned by the Wichita Public Schools and conducted by Wichita State University in the fall of 2005. When asked about their level of approval for the results of bond issue construction, respondents indicated strong community support for the effort’s very visible outcomes:

    • Science Labs – 95.3% support
    • Increased or Improved Classroom Space - 90.7% support
    • Infrastructure – 94.4% support
    • Air-Conditioning – 90.9% support
    • Reduce Classroom Health Risks – 94% support
    • New and Renovated Libraries – 93.8% support
    • Multi-Purpose Safe Rooms – 93.1% support
    • Technology – 93.5% support
    • Improved Access and Learning Opportunities for the Physically Disabled – 93.3% support

    In the 2005 survey, when asked about the willingness to pay for future investments in the Wichita Public Schools, the results indicated strong community support to enhance facilities for better education of our children:

    • Technical Education - 82.6% support
    • Neighborhood schools/elimination of forced busing -  78.4% support
    • New or renovated neighborhood schools -  78.4% support
    • Additional classrooms and reduce class size -  76.5% support
    • Accommodate growth in northeast and southeast areas -  71.6% support
    • Increase pre-kindergarten and early childhood programs -  69.1% support
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