Elementary Schools L-W
North Kansas City Schools serves more than 18,500 students in more than 30 building locations. Twenty-one of those are elementary schools of which all are K-5 buildings with the exception of Gashland Elementary and Clardy Elementary, which split their enrollment. Gashland has grades Kindergarten through 1st grade while Clardy has grades 2nd through 5th.
The most recent elementary school, Bell Prairie Elementary, was the first elementary school in the state to be awarded LEED GOLD status. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Green Building Rating System™ is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The Green Building Certification Institute certified Bell Prairie Elementary, 3000 N.E. 108th Street, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold facility. Bell Prairie Elementary School earned LEED Gold in December, scoring three historic firsts for “green” facilities in Missouri. Bell Prairie is the —
1) FIRST elementary in Missouri to be LEED certified
2) FIRST elementary in Missouri to be certified LEED Gold
3) FIRST K-12 educational facility in the state of Missouri to earn LEED Gold.
It’s also the second K-12 educational facility in the state of Missouri to earn LEED certification. (North Kansas City Schools Staley High School was the first.) Bell Prairie Elementary was designed by Hollis + Miller Architects and built by JE Dunn Construction Company.