Long-Range Facilities Plan

District Shares Enrollment-Based, Long-Range Facilities Plan
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LAND QUESTIONS

In response to concerns from residents about our land at 68th Street and Waukomis Drive, the Board reviewed the master plan for the site. After public comment, the Board approved the plan.

Natural beauty of this land:
Our plans work with the natural beauty of the land and leave as much of the wooded area as possible.

Line Creek Trail:
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.

Plans for this land:
Our long-range facility plan calls for this land to house Hopewell Elementary and the LEAD Innovation Studio, which is a high-school program. We will build the LEAD Innovation Studio so that, if we have enough enrollment growth, it can be the first phase of a third high school. Our current master plan for our land leaves a great deal of the wooded area untouched.

Environmental impact of our construction:
We will continue to use environmentally friendly building practices, just as we did with the construction of our last school, Tiffany Ridge Elementary. Our guide for these practices comes from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. These LEED standards include sustainability and regional impacts.

Schedule for construction:
Construction recently began for Hopewell Elementary, so it can open in time for school in August 2019. Construction will begin in January for the LEAD Innovation Studio, so it can open in time for school in August 2020.

Goals for this property:
When we hired experts to develop the master plan for this property, we worked with them to develop goals for our projects:

  • Minimize site disturbance
  • Preserve as many trees as possible
  • Prioritize school location and visibility
  • Prioritize safe and efficient site circulation
  • Allow for future school expansion
  • Allow for future site flexibility

Reports of plans to bulldoze the woods or put up a strip mall:
Our current master plan for our land leaves a great deal of the wooded area untouched. We have no current plans to bulldoze these woods or to sell to a developer. Because we do not yet know what our future enrollment growth will require, we do not know how we will need to use the land in the future or whether we will need all of it.

Need for schools:
For the last 30 years, the Park Hill School District grew at a rate of one or two percent each year. This slow, steady enrollment increase meant that we needed to keep building schools to avoid crowded classrooms. We spent the last five years planning to accommodate all the new students moving into our district, and we did this with a great deal of community participation. In April 2017, our voters overwhelming approved a no-tax-increase bond issue to fund building the schools our students need.

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

download site master plan (PDF)

Timeline

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.

In March 2018, we named the principal of Hopewell Elementary, Dr. Melissa Hensley.

In summer 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 November 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.

Download Long-Range Projects Timeline (PDF)

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.

Design (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.

Universal Construction's time-lapse video of construction
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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)