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901 Poyntz Avenue - Imagining Reuse of Manhattan High School East Campus

901 Poyntz ReportThrough a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy facilitated community conversations for Manhattan-Ogden Unified School District 383 about potential reuse of space at 901 Poyntz Avenue currently housing the cafeteria, kitchen, restrooms, and two closely-located classrooms. (See image below for rooms within the building being discussed for reuse.)

Community members were invited to join in these facilitated community conversations to discuss ideas for these spaces, including use as a central site for Common Table meals that currently rotate each day at different locations.

First Community Conversations

These took place Tuesday, January 25 (in-person) and Saturday, January 29, (online, Zoom)

Slides used at the beginning of both community conversations 

Turnout for the first two community conversations was excellent, and generated many useful ideas in this first "brainstorming" phase of the inquiry. 

The following themes emerging from the first two events: 

  • An appreciation for the central location and community significance of 901 Poyntz;  
  • The need for multiple uses, collaboration, and coordination among community groups;  
  • Inclusion of both one-time events and repeated programs or projects; 
  • Prominent uses were food; social services; events/meetings; and arts/creative space;  
  • Needs of teens were highlighted, along with multi-generational engagement and sharing. 

The next two community conversations offered participants opportunities to explore these themes in more detail. Anyone may join, whether they participated in the first conversations or not.  As before, a Tuesday evening in-person opportunity will be located at the 901 Poyntz facility, followed by an online opportunity Saturday morning for those who cannot be in person. 

Second Community Conversations (Building on First Community Conversations)

February 15 7-9pm (in person, 901 Poyntz school cafeteria)

February 19 10am - 12pm (online, zoom address provided to registered participants)

Contributions of all sessions were compiled by the ICDD team into a Final Report to the USD383 school board to take into consideration as they explore the future uses of this facility. 

History about the location of Manhattan High School East Campus

From Poyntz to Leavenworth to Poyntz

Map of cafeteria, kitchen, restrooms, and classrooms to be discussed for reuse. 

901 Poyntz Cafeteria