WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Public School Board of Education approved selling some land near Northwest High School to the City of Wichita on Monday.

The City of Wichita wants to use the land to build a new Wichita Police Department West Patrol.

“It’ll increase our police presence in the area, give quicker reaction time to calls for law enforcement needs, and it gives our students more exposure to law enforcement as well,” Luke Newman, USD 259 director of facilities.

The five-acre plot will cost the city $450,000.

The current station at 661 N. Elder Street, near Central and I-235, is antiquated. It is in the same building as Wichita Fire Station #8.

Last year, the City of Wichita broke ground for a new patrol substation for the east location.