Shawnee Mission is making progress on several major construction projects, including nearing the completion of a brand-new Westwood View Elementary, that were part of the district’s bond issue that voters approved in January 2021.
The background: In January 2021, voters approved a $264 million bond issue with nearly 70% support.
- The bond measure laid out several building projects districtwide, the most notable of which were the complete rebuilding of five elementary schools.
Elementary school rebuilds: The largest project nearing completion is the building of a new Westwood View Elementary School.
- The school, now located at 4935 Belinder Avenue on the site of the former Entercom radio studios, is expected to be completed in time for the 2022-23 school year.
- The rebuilding of John Diemer and Pawnee Elementary are also currently underway, but those schools are not anticipated to reopen until early 2023 and summer 2023, respectively.
- A three-story addition at Indian Woods Middle School
- A remodel of the commons area at Shawnee Mission Northwest
- The new Shawnee Mission North weight room next to the school’s field house
- Upgrading security systems, playground updates and furniture replacements at schools districtwide
What projects are next: The rebuilding of both Rushton and Tomahawk elementary schools, the last of the five elementary schools to be renovated under the 2021 bond measure, is scheduled to begin next year.
- Hocker Grove, Trailridge and Indian Hills middle schools are all up for learning space upgrades in 2023 and 2024.
- Shawnee Mission South Shawnee Mission West high schools, along with the district’s career and technical campus are all set for similar upgrades in the next two years.
- Eight elementary schools including Brookridge, Ray Marsh, Highlands and Merriam Park are up for playground improvements in the next three years.
- Additional projects and timelines can be found on the district website here.