Facility Plan Overview
The Board of Education voted on October 22, 2019, to approve the district’s Facility Master Plan. Following dozens of meetings with staff, students, parents, community members and civic leaders, NKC Schools will now move forward with plans that manage a growing student population while also maintaining existing buildings.
Working with incite Design, a Kansas City-based planning firm led by former Oak Park student, Brian Foxworthy, the district has taken a deep look into existing facilities and growth projections to determine where buildings should be updated and/or built to create the best learning environments for students – both now and in the future.
Three Phases of Investment
Over the life of the plan, the following anticipated investments will be made in each feeder pattern (listed by totals):
Winnetonka – Total Feeder Pattern Investment: $74 million
Winnetonka High School will receive nearly $28 million in improvements including building upgrades and home athletic stadium. The total investment for the high school and its feeder schools is estimated at approximately $74 million, including total replacement of Maplewood and Lakewood elementary schools. ADA, parking, playground and roofing updates are included for several other schools.
Oak Park – Total Feeder Pattern Investment: $71 million
Oak Park High School will receive nearly $30 million in improvements including a home athletic stadium, new south entry, Fine Arts addition and renovation, as well as other building upgrades. Total investment for the high school and its feeders is estimated at nearly $71 million, including a new 6th grade center to help relieve crowding at Gateway (split enrollment with Staley feeders), a new elementary school to accommodate a growing student population and ADA, parking, playground and roofing updates several other schools.
Staley – Total Feeder Pattern Investment: $64 million
Staley High School has reached capacity and will receive a $24 million building addition to relieve crowding. This addition was part of the original design for the building and was always in the plans as the district considered future growth. Total investment for the high school and its feeders is estimated at approximately $64 million, including a new 6th grade center to help relieve crowding at Gateway (split enrollment with Oak Park feeders), total replacement of Nashua Elementary, a building addition to Rising Hill to address growth and ADA, parking, playground and roofing updates at several schools.
North Kansas City – Total Feeder Pattern Investment: $52 million
The new construction and renovation of Old Main is scheduled to conclude after the beginning of 2020. Therefore, North Kansas City High School does not have additional funds allocated in the facility plan. However, a total investment of more than $52 million is included for its feeder schools. This includes a total building replacement for Davidson Elementary as well as major additions, replacements and renovations at Briarcliff and West Englewood elementary schools. ADA, parking, playground and roofing updates are planned at several schools too.
The Facility Master Plan contains all the details for those interested in the reviewing all three phases. Please note that plans are subject to change, so please check back for updates. The district will periodically provide progress reports to our community through our newsletters, social media accounts and website posts.
Important Note: Progress on the facility plan is contingent on voter approval of the April 2020 bond election. Changes to the plan are also possible due to forces beyond the control of NKC Schools such as economic shifts, weather delays, etc. The district will periodically provide updates on the status of projects so stakeholders are well informed of progress.
Bond Campaign - April 2020
To make this plan a reality, the school district will place a $155 million zero tax rate increase bond measure on the April 2020 ballot. The Board of Education approved ballot language on Oct. 22 as well.