Second time the charm for Crestview Elementary groundbreaking ceremony

Crestview Principal John Bartel and some students show off the ceremonial shovel.
Crestview Principal John Bartel and some students show off the ceremonial shovel.

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Crestview Elementary School was held Monday morning against the backdrop of the last few remnants of the old Crestview Elementary School.

The Shawnee Mission School District is replacing Crestview on its current site near Shawnee Mission Parkway and Craig in Merriam. The old building is nearly to the ground in preparation for construction to begin on the new school that will house the more than 330 students who are now attending school at the closed Arrowhead building.

The Crestview ceremony had been postponed because of weather more than two weeks ago, but Monday morning was perfect for Crestview students and district officials to turn the ceremonial shovels.

“You are going to get to share a story,” Crestview principal John Bartel told the students at the event. “You are part of an epic journey, but it’s not over yet.” The new school will be built to accommodate 375 to 400 students, Bartel said, an expansion on the current two-section school. But it also is being configured so that four extra classrooms can be added easily and fast if they are needed in the future, he said.

The gym will be twice the size of the demolished gym with bleachers to hold programs and the school will have a collaborative library and collaborative space in the hallways, he said. It will have the security upgrades, cafeteria and kitchen facilities being put in the district schools.

The district has talked a lot about how to build the ideal facility for Crestivew, Superintendent Jim Hinson said. Congressman Kevin Yoder also attended the Crestview ceremony.

Crestview students got to take part in the shovel turning.
Crestview students got to take part in the shovel turning.
The old school is nearly to the ground already.
The old school is nearly to the ground already.

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