WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Changes are coming for an overcrowding problem at Wichita’s Southeast High School.

On Monday, the Wichita Board of Education unanimously voted to change the boundary for the school.

Southeast to Heights boundary change

(Courtesy Wichita Public Schools)

Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, high school students in the most northwestern portion of the current Southeast boundary will go to Heights High School. The BOE agreed to allow all current Southeast students to stay through graduation.

The area encompasses portions of the Adams, College Hill, Jackson, and Price-Harris elementary boundaries that currently feed to Coleman Middle School and Southeast High School. The change does not impact any elementary or middle school boundaries.

“Is there an incentive for the families to encourage their students attending Southeast to take that jump to Heights or Northeast Magnet? Is there any kind of incentive for our families?” Kathy Bond, USD 259 Board of Education member, questioned staff members.

The board members responded that the incentive would be a smaller environment.

Southeast High School is over capacity by about 200 students. The district held several listening sessions before bringing the proposal to the board.