What a shock to read the Shawnee Mission school my kids attended may be closing. According to a Kansas City Star article:
The Shawnee Mission School District is proposing to close five schools over the next two years and to redraw several school boundaries to even out attendance and save money.
The plan would close Bonjour and Shawanoe elementary schools and Antioch and Mission Valley middle schools after this school year. Dorothy Moody Elementary School would close the following year,in 2012.
In all,18 schools would be affected by the proposed boundary changes,including four of the five high schools. Three elementary schools would change high school attendance areas, a move that is sure to create questions.
Shawnee Mission is the largest school district in Johnson County,but its enrollment has dropped from a high of 45,702 in 1970 to about 27,748 last year. Enrollment was up slightly this year but is projected to remain roughly flat for the next decade.
Closing Bonjour Elementary School in Lenexa,which was built in 1954,would save $508,049 a year. Otherwise the building would need significant work. The school’s capacity is 572 students but in future years is projected to have just 263 pupils if left open.
Closing Shawanoe Elementary School in Shawnee,built in 1960,would save the district $507,066 a year. It has a small multipurpose room,small library and small office area. The school’s capacity is 570 students but in future years is projected to have just around 304 pupils if left open.
Closing Antioch Middle School in Overland Park,built in 1955,would save $793,000 a year. Its capacity is 984 students but is projected to have 417 pupils in future years if left open. Hocker Grove Middle School also would be underused. Transferring Antioch students to Hocker Grove would push the latter school to capacity but the district could build a few
new classrooms there if necessary,Johnson said.
Closing Mission Valley Middle School in Prairie Village,built in 1958,would save $832,865 a year. It has a capacity of 864 students but is projected to have just 307 in future years if left open. Sending those students to Indian Hills Middle School in Prairie Village would keep that building from being underused.
Closing Dorothy Moody Elementary School in Overland Park,built in 1966,after the 2011-2012 school year would save $523,095 a year. It has a capacity of 620 students but is not projected to exceed 300 pupils in future years if left open. Reassigning those students to Brookridge Elementary School could require adding as many as six classrooms there.
Three elementary schools would move into new high school attendance areas:
•Brookwood Elementary would move from the Shawnee Mission East area to the Shawnee Mission South area.
•All of Trailwood Elementary would move to the Shawnee Mission South area.
•A portion of Ray Marsh Elementary School would move from the Shawnee Mission Northwest attendance area to the Shawnee Mission North attendance area.
Closings and new boundaries Closures at the end of the 2010-2011 school year:
•Bonjour Elementary School,9400 Pflumm Road in Lenexa. Reassign its students to Sunflower
Elementary School,8955 Loiret Blvd. in Lenexa.
•Shawanoe Elementary School,11230 W. 75th St. in Shawnee. Reassign students to Rising Star Elementary School,8600 Candlelight in Lenexa and Mill Creek Elementary School,13951 W. 79th St. in Lenexa.
•Antioch Middle School,8200 W. 71st St. in Overland Park. Reassign students to Hocker Grove Middle School,10400 Johnson Drive in Shawnee.
•Mission Valley Middle School,8500 Mission Road in Prairie Village. Reassign students to Indian Hills Middle School,6400 Mission Road in Prairie Village.
Closure at the end of 2011-2012:
•Dorothy Moody Elementary School,10101 England Road in Overland Park. Reassign the students to Brookridge Elementary School,9920 Lowell Street.
•Brookwood Elementary,3411 W. 103rd St. in Leawood,would move from the Shawnee Mission East High School area to the Shawnee Mission South area.
•All of Trailwood Elementary,5101 W. 95th St. in Overland Park,would be in the Shawnee Mission South area. Now,its attendance area bounded on the north by 91st Street,the south by 95th Street,the west by Nall Avenue and east by Mission Road is in the Shawnee Mission
East High area.
•A portion of Ray Marsh Elementary School,5642 Rosehill Road in Shawnee,would move from the Shawnee Mission Northwest area to the Shawnee Mission North area.
•Reassign students attending Sunflower Elementary School who live west of Interstate 435, north of 87th Street,east of the western-most Shawnee Mission boundary and south of Blackfish Parkway to Christa McAuliffe Elementary School,15600 W. 83rd St. in Lenexa.
•Reassign students in the Prairie Lakes apartment complex,6700 Lackman Road,from Mill Creek Elementary School to Rhein Benninghoven Elementary School,6720 Caenen Road in
•Reassign the Roesland Elementary School Middle School,4900 Parish Drive in Roeland Park,attendance boundary in the Shawnee Mission North area from Indian Hills Middle School in the Shawnee Mission East attendance area to Hocker Grove Middle School in the Shawnee Mission North attendance area.