McCune Elementary School Building Opportunities

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 02/13 2014 05:44PM

Updated 02/13 2014 10:53PM

MCCUNE, KS.--- The Southeast Unified School District in Kansas is looking into opportunities for the McCune Elementary School building. The school board voted to close the building in December due to declining attendance. With McCune Elementary School closing, Southeast Unified School District is nationally advertising the building.

"This is a big opportunity for us to keep expanding on the programs we are offering here," said De. Glenn Fortmayer, Southeast USD 247 Superintendent. 

The school district would like to use the building as an educational platform for high school students. 

"We're hoping that someone will come to Southeast Kansas, and work with us in a cooperative arrangement that we might be able to do some vocational work out there," said Dr. Fortmayer.

Superintendent Dr. Glenn Fortmayer says the district will give a business all the computer technology already in the building, as a trade off to allow students to go there and learn.

"We're really looking for, preferring a tech type environment, a lot of our kids are in the tech fields. We would blend very well with a company doing training that way," said Dr. Fortmayer. 

"They'll learn more real world applications, they'll learn more on the job training while in high school to prepare them for after high school," said Cherie Witt, Southeast High School Teacher.

Southeast High School Teacher Cherie Witt Says students can make a connection with people in the industry.

"Networking is important for our kids to make them more competitive with other kids coming out of high school," said Witt. 

Dr. Fortmayer says the last thing the district wants to do with the building is nothing.

"We're going to keep up until we can find something that's going to be very useful and beneficial for the school district and the community," said Dr. Fortmayer. 

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