Land Questions

Answering Questions about Our Land
This is the image for the news article titled Answering Questions about Our Landby Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent 

As you might have heard, 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 enrollment-based, long-range plan, the land will house our next elementary school and a facility for our high-school students. The elementary 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.

When we bought this private property for our schools from a family that owned it for more than 50 years, 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. The enrollment-based, long-range facilities plan that resulted from this extensive public engagement process included the new elementary school and the new high-school facility we plan to build on this land. In order to fulfill the commitment we made to our voters when they passed our bond issue last year, and in order to prevent crowded classrooms and students learning in mobile units, we must build those schools on schedule.

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.