Students at Maplewood Elementary School were excited to participate in the groundbreaking for a new school Wednesday, April 7, at 6400 NE 52nd St. in Kansas City. This is the second groundbreaking this year for a new school in the growing North Kansas City Schools district.

Entertainment included musical performances by Maplewood students, Maple Park Middle School’s drum club and Winnetonka’s dance team.

“Surrounded by an established neighborhood, the new school will be instrumental in revitalizing the community by nearly doubling capacity from the current 350 students to more than 700. This ensures the ability to accommodate and expand for future growth in the Northland,” states a district release. “As part of one cost-saving measure, the new school is being built on the current facility’s property, allowing all allocated funds to be spent on construction costs rather than land.”

With input from staff, the design features a connection with nature, contemporary art and themed graphics.

“The new school will feature modern updates such as collaborative learning areas and an outdoor courtyard, which can also be utilized as a learning space. Natural light will flood though skylights and windows, bringing nature into the building and enhancing learning. Several studies indicate daylight impacts a childs overall health and well-being and can significantly improve academic performance,” states the release.

Students are expected to move into the new building in the fall of 2022. The $22 million dollar project is funded by part of a $155 million dollar bond issue voters approved in June of 2020.

“Maplewood is a pillar for the area and a school that truly partners with families and the community. Maplewood strives to not only meet the academic needs of students, but also the needs of families and members of the community,” said Principal Nick Pettit.