$5 million for more for Wichita school repair


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita school officials say an elementary school that was damaged by a fire last summer suffered substantially more damage than originally believed.

To address the problem, the district’s school board on Monday approved $5 million more in repairs and other expenses for College Hill Elementary School. The district had previously approved spending $750,000 for repairs.

The district says it found previously unknown structural damage at the school after the fire.

The $5 million will go toward repairing the roof, windows and mechanical systems. Officials said insurance will reimburse the district for most expenses above its $250,000 deductible. The district also will spend $500,000 in capital outlay funds on repairs and upgrades.

The building is expected to be ready for students to return when the next school year begins.

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