What are the components of the $224 million no tax rate increase bond package?
The components of the proposed no tax rate increase bond issues are as follows:
Additional safety and security upgrades at all LSR7 schools
This item includes surveillance cameras, an upgraded access control system and a new hard keying system for all LSR7 schools, as well as uniform playground fencing. Approximate cost: $3 million.
Construction of a new approximately 1,200-student middle school
The district’s fourth middle school, part of a district plan to move sixth grade to middle school, will be located on land currently owned by the district and located near SE Bailey Road and SE Ranson Road in southeastern Lee’s Summit. If the bond is approved, sixth-graders will transition from the elementary schools into middle schools renovated to serve sixth through eighth grades starting in 2022-23. Approximate cost: $72 million.
Renovations and additions at Lee’s Summit High School
This item would provide additions and renovations to the high school’s western exterior as well as a new southern facade facing Highway 50. It would construct a new central “spine,” including a centralized library, to connect buildings on this sprawling campus, which is roughly 380,000 square feet. The improvements are also designed to provide parity between the district’s original high school and the two more recently constructed schools. This item also includes:
- More than 60,000 square feet of new construction
- Light to heavy interior renovations for instructional and public spaces
- New innovative learning spaces
- Mechanical, electrical, roofing and sewer upgrades
Approximate cost: $80 million.
Renovations at the district’s existing three middle schools
This item will help LSR7’s three existing middle schools support sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade in the future. This transition was recommended by team of LSR7 staff, parents, students and community members last year following a comprehensive study. The team’s recommendation focused on additional learning and engagement opportunities for sixth-graders including elective and exploratory courses as well as co-curricular activities. With the transition to middle-school programming, educators will provide these young adolescents with more social-emotional support during this crucial development stage as well as enhanced academic opportunities. Moving sixth-graders will also give elementary schools additional capacity for anticipated enrollment growth and expanded programming. Approximate cost: $25 million.
Pleasant Lea Middle School, $11.8 million, (New entry, interior renovations, music and art addition)
Bernard Campbell Middle School, $8.2 million (Music addition/minor interior renovation)
Summit Lakes Middle School, $5 million (Music addition/minor interior renovation)
Expansion and renovation of Mason Elementary School
This item includes an addition and interior renovations, including a new entryway, at Mason Elementary. Mason Elementary’s original section was built in 1942, and the school is under-sized when compared to the district’s elementary standard. It is already over capacity, and enrollment is projected to continue to grow. Approximate cost: $16 million.
A second LSR7 early education center
This item would renovate the north side of Prairie View Elementary, the district’s largest elementary school, into a second early education center. This item would allow the district to serve LSR7’s youngest learners, particularly those who are on a waiting list for Great Beginnings Early Education Center, and provide a centralized home for satellite early education programs.
Approximate cost: $9 million.
Activity/athletic facility renovations at all three high schools
This item includes stadium upgrades, including bleacher expansion, entry improvements and pressbox expansions, at all three high schools. It also provides for track resurfacing and turf replacement for all three high schools. Turf replacement and track resurfacing are maintenance items to support all who use these facilities. The track and turf are at the end of a 10-year life cycle. Stadium improvements at all three schools would address access and entry points as well as crowd control. This item also includes a baseball/softball complex for LSHS in order to provide parity with other high school facilities. LSHS baseball and softball teams currently practice and play their games off-site at Legacy Park. The school’s new baseball/softball complex would be located at the fourth middle school. Approximate cost: $19 million.