North Kansas City Schools is home to more than 21,000 students. To address growth and facility equity issues, NKC Schools is asking voters to consider a $155 million bond issue on the April 7 ballot. If approved, the debt service tax levy will not increase for district taxpayers, but will be extended for multiple years.
According to district information, a majority of school facilities are more than 60 years old and have aging water and sewer pipes, old wiring and are not ADA-compliant.
The proposed 2020 bond program update projects are mainly focused on the four high schools. However, three elementary schools are targeted as well.
Winnetonka High School’s feeder school Maplewood Elementary is proposed to be replaced. At the high school itself, there would be a stadium complex built with a new press box, concessions, restrooms, permanent seating and renovated locker rooms. The library would also be renovated as well as classrooms, providing space for collaboration and instruction, according to the district.
For Staley High School, there is need for a new classroom wing, additional parking and athletic additions to include a third gym and expanded activity space.
At Oak Park High School, the proposal includes a stadium complex with permanent seating, locker rooms, press box, concession stands and restrooms, including a new weight room to restore a third gym space. The plan could also include a south student entrance.
For North Kansas City High School, there is a plan for replacement of feeder school Davidson Elementary and improvements to Briarcliff Elementary.
At the new Early Childhood Program facility, the former Hobby Lobby and Price Chopper buildings in Gladstone’s Prospect Plaza, there are pans for mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades; roof repairs and replacement; safety and security updates; and playground upgrades.