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Daily Archives: May 12, 2020

Special feature: WSU study gives bleak picture on Wellington’s housing market and town’s future

by James Jordan, Sumner Newcow — A Wichita State study painted a bleak picture of housing in Wellington and said that lack is a major hurdle towards economic development. The study was presented at last week’s Wellington City Council meeting as information.

No action was taken, and none was needed. The council had other pressing issues like buying an expensive ambulance, electric service issues and the Coronavirus that has dominated all news lately.

The information was not surprising and probably confirmed what many had thought already. Still, it was good that the report was made public at the meeting.  You can read the entire report here, or watch the presentation here.

The question is now what will local officials do with the study. They could establish a Rural Housing Incentive District, which is a special district to help get houses built in underserved areas.  Taxes collected in that district – which can be anywhere the city wants – would pay or public infrastructure that would save developers money. Having this study is the first step to establishing such a district, according to the report.

There are four criteria for creating one of these districts.

By a 4-3 vote, Wellington school board eliminates the Summit curriculum

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 4-3 vote, the Wellington school board essentially pulled the plug on the Summit Learning Platform – the controversial computer-based curriculum used for the high school and Kennedy Elementary over the past two years.

After an hour-long discussion, Deanna Garver made the motion to eliminate the Summit program starting in July, the start of the 2020-21 academic career.

The votes to eliminate Summit were: Garver, Tom Henning, Chris Buckman and Pat Zeka. The votes against were Larry Mangan, Carol Hadorn and Jason Newberry.

The question now becomes, “what now?” as administration and teachers will need to adjust to implementing a curriculum best suitable for the Redesign educational process before the academic year.

In a statement from the Superintendent’s office this morning:

Sumner County has fifth case of COVID-19

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Health Department confirms a fifth case of COVID-19 in Sumner County.  The patient is a woman in her 20s.  She is a healthcare worker who is employed in another county.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, May 11, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, May 11, 2020

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