The Shawnee Mission School District broke ground for the new Trailwood Elementary School on 95th Street Wednesday morning, the first of three groundbreaking ceremonies the district will hold over two days this week.
The new Trailwood, one of the schools being built from the proceeds of this year’s bond sale that was approved by voters in January, will be built on the existing school grounds and then the old school will be demolished.
The new school will be built closer to Rosewood than the existing building and wrap behind the current school.
The current school opened in 1962 and now has right at 400 students, according to principal Greg Lawrence. The new school will have a larger capacity, Lawrence said, but also the capability of handling an expansion if necessary. The school sits just across 95th Street from the planned new development at Meadowbrook, which includes a significant residential component.
The new building will be built to new security standards and have integrated technology. It will include a larger gym with spectator seating, a full service production kitchen, a standalone cafeteria, room for band and strings and a three-classroom wing for early childhood education.
The plans for the new school were approved by the Overland Park Planning Commission earlier this month over concerns of some parents about the design as it relates to walkability.