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Construction Complete on Two New Elementary School Buildings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Tammy Dodderidge, Communications Manager, (913) 279-2225

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will begin the 2013-2014 school year on Monday, August 12 with the opening of two newly constructed elementary school buildings.

Construction is now complete on Mark Twain Elementary and Hazel Grove Elementary. The two schools, both built during the last year, provide more updated features, and more total square footage and classroom space to accommodate growing student populations. Both buildings have been paid for from capital outlay funds, which are designated to be used for existing facilities, improvement of grounds, construction of facilities, additions to facilities, remodeling of facilities, or for the purchase or lease of equipment. There was no tax increase to community members.

Mark Twain Elementary School

The new two-story Mark Twain Elementary building was constructed with a design to complement the historic Wyandotte High School, which is located just across the street. One major change from the former structure is the front entrance, which now faces east.

The building is a total of 45,920 square feet, and can accommodate up to 322 students. It has two classrooms at each grade level large enough to house 23 to 28 students. Each classroom has its own sink and ample storage. Each has wireless access points, Apple TV and a classroom iPad for teachers and students for instructional use. The kindergarten classrooms include a restroom. There are also two "swing classrooms" designed to accommodate class size shifts.

Other features of the new building include:

  • SPED/ESL/Reading classrooms
  • 3.2 miles of data cable
  • Media library
  • Computer lab
  • Multipurpose room
  • Music/music storage room
  • Art room (with storage and a kiln room)
  • Kitchen

Hazel Grove Elementary School

The new Hazel Grove Elementary building is a two-story facility that was designed to carry forth the history of the former building and site. The site where the school stands was a former hazelnut grove, and thus the name. The new building's façade is imbedded with hazelnut trees, and the one remaining living tree on the grounds was preserved.

The total square footage of the new building is 70,394 and it can accommodate up to 550 students. It has four classrooms at each grade level and three swing classrooms to accommodate class size shifts. Each classroom can accommodate between 23 and 28 students and has its own sink and ample storage. Each has wireless access points, Apple TV and a classroom iPad for teachers and students for instructional use. The kindergarten classrooms include a restroom.

Other features of the new building include:

  • Classrooms designated for SPED/ESL/Reading
  • 5.5 miles of data cable
  • Media library
  • Computer lab
  • Multipurpose room
  • Music/music storage room
  • Art room (with storage and a kiln room)
  • Kitchen
  • Gymnasium

The new Hazel Grove building sits just southeast of the original main building, and is on the site of the former baseball field. Due to continued growth in the student population over the years, two more buildings had been added to the campus: one housed the gym and cafeteria, and the other housed grades K-1. The two west buildings have been razed, and the east building will house a preschool program.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242