NKC Schools expands pre-K with former Hobby Lobby building purchase

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The NKC Schools Board of Education purchased the former Gladstone Hobby Lobby so the district will be able to serve more than 800 students in the new location by December 2020.

With anticipated growth in the Northland, North Kansas City Schools is set to expand the district’s pre-K program and consolidate all early childhood special education students into one location to better accommodate the needs of students. By purchasing a former Gladstone Hobby Lobby, the district will be able to serve more than 800 students in the new location by December 2020.

The NKC Schools Board of Education authorized the purchase of the 115,000 square foot space in Prospect Plaza at 64th Street and Antioch in Gladstone. The space will be transformed into 41 classrooms, according to a district press release.

Currently, the district’s early childhood special education program is spread throughout numerous schools. The space will allow for increasing student enrollment and support of the district’s youngest learners.