Long-Range Facility Plan Projects

Download Long-Range Projects Timeline (PDF)

Enrollment-based, long range facilities plan logoTimeline

  • Starting in 2013, we engaged the community, our students, our staff and our parents to help us develop the long-range facility plan.

  • In April 2017, the community approved a no-tax-increase bond issue to fund the projects in the plan.

  • In October 2017, we broke ground on the new middle school.

  • In December 2017, we started the process of naming the new middle school and the new elementary school.
     
  • In January 2018, we started the process of choosing the first principal of the new middle school. We will assign the principal in June 2018 and the assistant principals in November 2018. We will name the principal for the new elementary in fall 2018.

  • In October 2018, the Board will set the criteria for redistricting all of our schools, from the elementary schools through the high schools. 

  • By March 2019, the Board will make the boundary decisions for all our schools, K-12.

  • In August 2019, we will open the new middle school and elementary school.

  • In October 2019, we will open our own facility for support services.

  • We will open our own facility for the LEAD Innovation Studio no sooner than August 2020.

Elementary School and Facility for High-School Students

We purchased almost 272 acres of land at 68th Street and Waukomis Drive, on the eastern edge of our district, for $3 million. This purchase is a result of the long-range, enrollment-based facilities plan the Board developed with input from staff, students, parents and community members.

As called for in our long-range plan, our new site will house our next elementary school and a facility for our high-school students. Hopewell Elementary will open in 2019, and the LEAD Innovation Studio, which is opening this fall in a leased office space, will move to the new high-school facility no sooner than 2020.

The size of this land and the designs for the high-school facility will allow us to build onto it to make a full high school at this location if we have enough enrollment growth in the future.

Preliminary Designs (PDF)
Elementary and middle school naming committees (PDF)

Middle School

Walden Middle School will open in 2019 on 47.9 acres of land at 56th Street and N. Northwood Road, which we bought last year for $1.68 million.

Middle School Transition Timeline (PDF)
Latest Drafts of Possible Middle School Design (PDF)
Elementary and middle school naming committees (PDF)

Middle school design



Middle school groundbreaking photo album

Support Services and Possible Projects

The other land purchase was 46 acres near NW Tiffany Springs Road and North Congress Avenue for $1.9 million. It is the future site of our support services facility and a transportation facility.

Update on Design Process for Support Services and Transportation Center (PDF)

Land Questions

We are working with residents who started a petition to share their concerns about our purchase of almost 272 acres of land at 68th Street and Waukomis Drive.
  
As called for in our long-range facility plan, the land will house Hopewell Elementary and a facility for our high-school students. Hopewell will open in 2019, and the LEAD Innovation Studio, which is operating in a leased office space, will move to the new high-school facility no sooner than 2020. The size of this land and the designs for the high-school facility will allow us to build onto it to make a full high school at this location if we have enough enrollment growth in the future. This plan helps us continue to be good financial stewards of taxpayer dollars.

We made plans for our new schools to take advantage of the natural beauty of the land and leave as much of the wooded area as possible. We are also working with the city of Kansas City, encouraging the city leaders to consider scaling back their plans for a full parkway through the property to make it a smaller roadway. The section of the Line Creek Trail that runs along the edge of our property belongs to the city of Kansas City, Missouri, and we are excited to have this public amenity so close to our new schools.

We spent years planning to accommodate all the new students moving into our district, and we did this with a great deal of community participation. We plan to be good neighbors to the people around this property, and we plan to be good stewards of this beautiful land, just as we continue to try to be good stewards of the taxpayer dollars that will build these schools for our community’s children.

View or download the site master plan (PDF) below.

download site master plan (PDF)