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Sedgwick County is establishing a new lower speed zone for a major road used to access the new Southeast High School. Traffic along 127th Street East, between Wichita city limits and 31st Street south, will now be 40 miles per hour, instead of 55. County Commission Chairman Jim Howell says the change is needed for safety reasons. "People are leaving the school and they’re traveling 55 miles an hour as they leave the parking lot. It’s only a half-mile from there to 31st [Street] South," Howell...

City of Wichita

The City of Wichita is making improvements to traffic in the area around the new Southeast High School, located at 127th Street East and Pawnee in south Wichita. Council member Pete Meitzner says the city conducted traffic counts before the school opened last spring, and again after it opened. “We were able to take additional traffic counts, and we were able to determine what would be the best use of the taxpayer funds related to stop signs, speed limits for safety reasons and traffic lights,...

Courtesy Eric Hammond

The last day of classes at Wichita’s Southeast High School is tomorrow, and there’s nostalgia in the air as teachers pack up and prepare to move from the current school at Edgemoor & Lincoln to their new building in east Wichita. History and government teacher Eric Hammond says Southeast is a busy place. "There's boxes galore," he says. "Boxes everywhere." He, along with other staff and students, are moving. Hammond has been teaching at Southeast High School for six years. "This is my...

Wichita's Board of Education voted 6 - 0 last night to relocate Southeast High School to a new location. After months of discussion and hearing community feedback, the board decided to build a new high school at Pawnee and 127th Street East.

Board members had considered three options for Southeast: renovate the existing facility at Lincoln and Edgemoor; build a new facility; or renovate the existing facility and build a new one farther east in Wichita.

Over the past few...

June 23, 2013
Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Wichita School Board will decide Monday the future of Southeast High School. The board is looking at options including a renovation of the school or building a new school and relocating students. A 2008 bond issue included both renovating Southeast and building a new southeast school at 127th and Pawnee but significant cuts to education funding by the State of Kansas has affected that plan. The school district reports that since 2009 general fund operating dollars are $199 million lower...