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.