New Briarwood, Trailwood schools expected to open by winter break; Crestview could be ready by spring

Briarwood Principal Chris Lash and students marked the ceremonial beginning of the new school last September.
Briarwood Principal Chris Lash and students marked the ceremonial beginning of the new school last September.

Two new Shawnee Mission elementary schools are expected to open after the winter break and a third is expected to be ready for students by next spring.

Briarwood and Trailwood students are expected to occupy their new facilities this winter, and Crestview should be ready by the spring break, Shawnee Mission School  Superintendent Jim Hinson told school board members Monday.

In addition, the new Rhein Benninghoven school should be ready for students by the 2016-17 school year. The district’s new Center for Academic Achievement should be ready by early 2017, according to Hinson.

The new construction is the result of a bond issue approved by district voters. Enrollment at the Shawnee Mission School District has been growing for the first time since 1992.

The school board also approved the purchase of 25.2 acres of land northwest of 87th and Haven streets in Lenexa for construction of another elementary school. The total cost was $1.83 million.