LS R-7 2015 bond issue projects nearing completion
Students at Mason Elementary celebrate new gymnasium
Progress continues to be on schedule and within budget for a variety of new construction, renovation and maintenance projects funded by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District 2015 no-tax-increase bond issue. Voters approved the $40 million issue by almost 80 percent.
The bond issue is funding the district’s new Missouri Innovation Campus, home of Summit Technology Academy, as well as numerous improvements in the areas of classroom instruction, safety and security, health and wellness, ADA access renovations and special education. Also included are maintenance projects designed to protect the district’s investment in its schools and playground safety upgrades for all elementary schools’ soft play areas including replacement of deteriorated play equipment. The majority of projects will be complete by the start of school in August 2017 with just a few projects remaining for the 2017-18 school year.
The school improvements, maintenance projects and playground upgrades are positively impacting all 28 Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. A few examples of the many school improvements are classroom renovations at Lee’s Summit High School, entry security improvements at Lee’s Summit North High School, a concession/restroom building at the Lee’s Summit West High School softball complex, a gym addition and classroom renovations at Mason Elementary, classroom and art classroom renovations at Lee’s Summit Elementary and a kitchen and cafeteria renovation at Hazel Grove Elementary. Mason Elementary students celebrated the opening of their new gymnasium with special activities during January.
Examples of school maintenance funded by the bond are flooring, carpet, ceilings, painting, roofing, paving, mechanical, doors, windows, door FOBS, backflows, water sanitizing and masonry.
The new Missouri Innovation Campus facility, located near Ward and Tudor Road, is scheduled to open in August 2017. Construction on the new school began in March 2016 following a community groundbreaking celebration.
Thanks to a unique partnership with the University of Central Missouri (UCM), the school district and university will construct and operate this cost-saving shared facility. Under the plan, Lee’s Summit R-7 is paying approximately 40 percent of the new school with UCM paying the remaining 60 percent. Based on an agreement between the two organizations, Lee’s Summit R-7 will be the sole owner of the facility which will house Summit Technology Academy and Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) programs as well as UCM programs currently located in the UCM-Lee’s Summit facility. UCM is paying its portion through a lease agreement.
The shared facility will reduce operating expenses for the R-7 School District, allowing the district to move both the Summit Tech and MIC programs from leased space into a building owned by the school district. It is anticipated that due to increased rental costs resulting from the expiration of a long-running tax abatement, Lee’s Summit R-7 will save approximately $9 million over the next 20 years by construction of the new facility.
For more information about the bond issue progress, including photographs of projects, visit www.lsr7.org.
To view a drone video of the progress at the new Summit Tech / MIC, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A7II0hgIP8. The new school is scheduled to open in August 2017.
McCownGordon Construction is providing a time-lapse camera at the construction site of the new Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus. The camera, which is updated multiple times during the day, is available at this website.
A few photos from summer 2015 progress follow.
A few photos from summer 2016 progress follow.
A few photos from school year 2016-17 progress follow.
The address of the new Summit Technology Academy/Missouri Innovation Campus, scheduled to open August 2017, is 1101 NW Innovation Parkway, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.