Shawnee Mission Schools break ground on first of six new buildings

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SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. --  Shawnee Mission Schools broke ground Wednesday on the first of six new buildings being constructed over the next couple of years.

The district celebrated the beginning of construction during a ceremony at Trailwood Elementary on 95th near Nall in Overland Park.

The current building is more than 50 years old.

A $223 million bond passed by voters back in January is helping pay for the project.

The new schools are expected to help revitalize a school district that struggled financially a few years ago and closed several schools.

“It really gives you an opportunity to really reflect on how you are spending your money, how you should be spending your money,” Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson said. “So we're in a good place financially right now in the Shawnee Mission school district. We can't sustain where we are forever so we will need the pendulum to swing at some point in time, but we are in a very solid position right now.”