This is about the issue of “School Sprawl”. Suburban school districts use up a tremendous amount of farmland and open space.
The 1st link below is to Google maps. It is the city of Maize, home to U.S.D. 266, just N.W. of Wichita. The 2nd link is a generic map of the district showing all the schools from the districts web page.
You can see that the high school takes up an entire quarter square mile in the S.W. part of town. Also, the old high school is in the S.E. corner of the town, it’s now a Middle school. About 1 and half miles S.E. is a new middle school (Maize South M.S.) taking up another quarter square mile.
There is more school owned property in Maize than any other property. I know other school districts cover larger areas, and Maize’s school district does cover a large part of N.W. Wichita proper. The city of maize has just fewer than 2,000 people, but the school district has over 5,000 students.
Does any one else agree that the “School Sprawl” is an issue over looked in the debate over sprawl? What is it like in your area?
(Use Google Search for the links, if needed)
1st Link: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=37.77...2058&t=k&hl=en
2nd Link: http://220.127.116.11/education/sctem...s_map_6-05.pdf
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