School board formally dubs new administration building Center for Academic Achievement

The newly-named Center for Academic Achievement is nearing completion.
The newly-named Center for Academic Achievement is nearing completion.

The Shawnee Mission School Board on Monday officially decided on a not-so-new name for the district education office project nearing completion on 71st Street west of the Milburn Country Club.

The working title for the $35 million project expected to open by early spring had been the Center for Academic Achievement. When given a list of seven potential names, the board decided to make that name permanent on a 4-3 vote.

Among those that didn’t make the grade were Shawnee Mission Innovative Campus, Achievement Center, and the LEAD Center, which stands for Leadership, Education, Academics and Achievement.

The 131,000 square-foot facility will consolidate administrative operations currently spread across four disparate facilities — the McEachen Administration Center, Broadmoor, Arrowhead and Indian Creek — into a single location.

The board also got to name one more building, but this time, it had only one recommendation. What had been the SM Instructional Support Center was renamed the SM Early Childhood Education Center.