Davidson Elementary breaks ground on $26 million facility

Students are expected to move into the new Davidson Elementary building in the fall of 2022. The $26 million dollar project is being funded by part of a $120 million dollar bond effort voters overwhelmingly approved in June of 2020.

Davidson Elementary students and staff held a groundbreaking for their new school last week.

The new NKC Schools’ elementary school is being built behind the existing school so students can watch all phases of construction. The building will be oriented in the same direction as the original site, facing south.

The groundbreaking celebration kicked off with NKC High School’s drum line, cheerleaders and the schools’ mascot, Harry the Hornet. Winners of a schoolwide shovel design contest were also on hand with their colorful creations painted on mini shovels. A livestream of the event is on NKC High School’s N2 Sports channel at {a href=”http://tinyurl.com/vew53sb9” target=”_blank”}tinyurl.com/vew53sb9.

“The new school will nearly double the capacity of the current building. The facade features a new modern design with windows and skylights to maximize natural light. An outdoor courtyard can be utilized for student collaboration, an outdoor learning space or lunch,” states a district release. “The media center is the hub of the school with reading nooks, where students can curl up with a book. Each of the schools’ neighborhoods will be designed around minority leaders throughout history and celebrated with colorful murals.”

When complete, classrooms will open up for collaborative learning, accommodating 700-plus young learners.

Established in 1952, about 400 students currently attend Davidson Elementary, one of 22 elementary schools located in the North Kansas City School District. The student population is diverse, with approximately 25 languages spoken in students’ homes. Davidson is the ninth most diverse elementary school in the state of Missouri.

“Davidson is truly a neighborhood school. It’s a place where not only students learn, but where on the weekends you can see children ride bikes and play while neighbors gather together,” Principal Andrea Stauch. “Providing the neighborhood, students and families of Davidson with a beautiful new building is an investment in the future, which is at the heart of what NKCSD believes and values.”

Students are expected to move into the new building in the fall of 2022.

The $26 million dollar school is being funded by part of a $120 million dollar bond effort voters overwhelmingly approved in June of 2020.