SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. -- Hard hats and heavy machinery will be seen throughout the Shawnee Mission School District in the coming months as the district builds five new school buildings along with a new headquarters. Groundbreaking for two of the new buildings is planned for Thursday morning.
One of the many new additions includes a new administrative building, which will also be known as the Center for Academic Achievement.
Crews will tear down the old Antioch Middle School, which the district shut down three years ago due to budget cuts, and plans to build the $30 million dollar structure on the land.
Once built, all the employees who currently work out of three different administrative offices will come under one roof, which will save the school district more than $2 million in expenses every year.
A portion of the new building will be outfitted for biotechnical, biomedical and culinary classes for high school students.
On Wednesday, the district broke ground on a new Trailwood Elementary School, which is being built on land behind the current school at 95th and Nall in Overland Park.
All the schools that are being rebuilt are more than 50 years old, and the projects are being covered by a $223 million dollar bond passed by voters in January.
"We have to make sure as a school district we're preparing our kids for the future and in order to do that, our facilities need to match the educational need and environmental needs of our kids as well," SMSD superintendent Jim Hinson said.
Crestview Elementary at 61st and Craig is also being rebuilt, and they will break ground on this project Thursday morning. Briarwood and Benninghoven Elementary, along with a fifth elementary school are to be decided at a later date.