Agree or disagree with Jeff Davis, vice president of the Wichita school board, who is leaning toward supporting a vote to close the current Southeast High and build a new $54 million building at 127th Street East and Pawnee. But at least Davis has shared his thinking with the community, as of an article in Monday’s Eagle by Suzanne Perez Tobias. “I’ve thought about it and looked at the plans, and I think it’s probably the right way to go,” Davis said, citing the benefits to students of state-of-the-art classrooms and athletic fields and a roomier site. Such talk arguably is premature, because the superintendent hasn’t made a formal recommendation to close Southeast and there haven’t been any public forums to gather stakeholders’ input. But as the process moves forward, the rest of the board members will owe the community their own explanations of their thinking and, ultimately, their votes on the issue, which will be defining for the school’s current 1,600 students and both neighborhoods.
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