2020 No Tax Increase Bond Program

  • Bond Passes Thank You Graphic

    Promises Made, Promises Kept:

    In June of 2020, North Kansas City Schools residents approved the district's $155 million no tax increase bond program as part of the district's Long-Range Facility Plan. Construction began immediately, and several new facilities have opened to the public already. Thank you to our district patrons for making new and expanded opportunities possible for the 21,000 students (and counting) that we serve! 

    Strong schools result in vibrant neighborhoods through increased property value and stable communities. The $155 million zero tax increase bond measure is reinvesting funds in neighborhoods throughout the district, bringing needed jobs to our community and stimulating the Northland economy.

    See an overview and keep up with construction progress and project updates below. Follow along on our social media for more behind-the-scenes looks at progress across the district. Questions or comments? Please feel free to get in touch any time!

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    Phase I Opened January 2021, Phase II Opened August 2022


    NKC Schools was proud to welcome the community to the official opening of our new Early Education Center on September 8, 2021. Families, staff members and neighbors had the opportunity to explore the new facility that is now open to serve our youngest learners.  See more photos from September's Open House. We appreciate the support of the NKC Schools Board of Education and our district residents to renovate this incredible space that will benefit generations to come!​​​​​​

    Learn more about NKC Schools' Center-based and school-based pre-K programs here.


    EEC hallway

    EEC hallway

    EEC Exterior EEC hallway


    Opens Fall 2022


    It's an exciting time to be a Briarcliff Bear! Progress is underway on major renovations and additions to the existing elementary school. For the 2021-2022 school year, students are learning at the Norclay building in North Kansas City. This unique experience has allowed them to develop even more meaningful connections with their high school mentors just across the street. Teams of students are collaborating with architects to dream big, redesigning the historic Briarcliff building from the inside out. Additions will provide much-needed space in the cafeteria and gym as well as additional classrooms. The renovated facility will be ready to welcome students back in August 2022.


    Briarcliff construction


    Briarcliff construction


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    Opens Fall 2022


    Students and staff alike will enjoy new spaces at Chapel Hill next fall! The existing gymnasium is undergoing renovations to provide additional space for both students and staff to meet and collaborate. A brand-new gymnasium will bring needed upgrades to the building as well. 



    Opens Fall 2022


    Established in 1952, Davidson Elementary is moving to a new home next fall. An entirely new elementary facility, built on site just next door, will replace the existing building. Providing more space and welcoming more students, the new building will open its doors in fall 2022 for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. As it is being completed, Davidson students will continue attending at the current site, able to watch the construction progress from their windows!


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    Opens Fall 2022


    A brand-new Maplewood Elementary is under construction! The new elementary school building will welcome students for the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year in August. Replacing the current, aging Maplewood building, it will bring equity to one of our older sites and provide space for additional new students from the growing neighborhood. The new facility is being built on site, just next to the existing location; students will attend in the current space until the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Maplewood students even took part in a unique beam signing ceremony to sign their name on the new school!


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    Opened Fall 2021


    Gateway Sixth Grade Center is growing! The 2020 bond program provided additional space for sixth grade students in the Oak Park and Staley feeder patterns. Student musicians now have additional classroom space, allowing them to meet together to practice. A new gym doubles as a high-wind shelter, adding capacity to the building and enhancing safety.


    Gateway gym Gateway music room


    Opened Fall 2021


    Oak Park High School history was made this fall! Thousands of students, families, staff, alumni, community members and football fans joined the celebrations on Friday, September 3 to officially open the new Oak Park Athletic Complex. Guests welcomed the Griffins and Northmen to their new homes with performances from band, cheer and dance before the game as well as special ribbon cutting ceremonies. See more from the celebrations at Oak Park's first game on their new true home field.

    In addition to the stadium complex, a whole new view now welcomes students and visitors to Oak Park! The redesigned south access replaces an outdated student entryway. The new space provides enhanced security, along with additional athletic spaces and areas for collaboration.  


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    Stadium on Homecoming


    students walking through entrance OP stadium


    Parking Completed Fall 2021, New Building Wings Opened Spring 2022


    It is hard to believe that Staley High School is now 14 years old. As rapid growth continues throughout our northern neighborhoods, Staley is welcoming more new students each year than ever before. Additions are underway to provide extra space and accommodate a larger student population. A redesigned cafeteria, expanded parking lot and new student common spaces were opened in fall 2021. A new classroom wing and athletic spaces (including a third gym) are under construction and scheduled for completion in spring 2022. 


    Staley new wing


    Staley new wing


    Staley construction exterior Staley construction interior


    Opened Fall 2021


    The Griffins are ringing the bell at home now, thanks to a new stadium complex! Their first true home season opened on Friday, September 3 in front of a sold-out crowd of thousands of supporters. New permanent bleachers, concession stands, restrooms, press box, and an entrance pavilion welcomed the community in. Indoors, the library media center is also featuring a whole new look. The renovated space includes areas for students to collaborate, create and design. 


    Cheerleaders at homecoming


    Tonka library wall


    Tonka stadium Tonka library with students working


    Opened Fall 2021 or Opening Fall 2022


    Brand-new playgrounds welcomed many of our elementary students back for the first day of school this fall! New equipment and turf at sites across the district provided needed updates to existing facilities. Playgrounds were designed specifically for each school community, meeting the unique accessibility needs of their learners. We can’t wait to see students using this new equipment! 

    Playgrounds Completed Fall 2021: Chapel Hill, Chouteau, Crestview, Gracemor, Ravenwood, Topping, Winnwood

    Playgrounds Scheduled for Completion Fall 2022: Linden West, Fox Hill, Meadowbrook


    Winnwood playground


    Crestview playground


    Gracemor playground Ravenwood playground


    With 35 school sites and several additional buildings, NKC Schools' facilities require dedicated care and maintenance. The district developed a clear schedule to ensure all buildings are up-to-date and serving students, teachers and staff well. Deferred maintenance includes roofing, asphalt and parking, electrical work, restroom updates, plumbing, HVAC systems, and more at buildings across the district. 

    Deferred Maintenance Completed in 2021: Antioch, Chouteau, Clardy, Crestview, Gashland, Gracemor, Maple Park, Jacobs Center, Linden West

    Deferred Maintenance Scheduled for 2022: Eastgate, Fox Hill, Meadowbrook, New Mark, Northgate, Oakwood Manor, Ravenwood