Shawnee Mission bond projects making progress — See how far along work is at your school

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Shawnee Mission is making progress on several major construction projects, including nearing the completion of a brand-new Westwood View Elementary, that were part of the district’s bond issue that voters approved in January 2021.

The background: In January 2021, voters approved a $264 million bond issue with nearly 70% support.

  • The bond measure laid out several building projects districtwide, the most notable of which were the complete rebuilding of five elementary schools.
New Westwood View
Above, the new Westwood View building (still under construction). Photo credit Juliana Garcia

Elementary school rebuilds: The largest project nearing completion is the building of a new Westwood View Elementary School.

  • The school, now located at 4935 Belinder Avenue on the site of the former Entercom radio studios, is expected to be completed in time for the 2022-23 school year.
  • The rebuilding of John Diemer and Pawnee Elementary are also currently underway, but those schools are not anticipated to reopen until early 2023 and summer 2023, respectively.

Where are the other projects? Shawnee Mission is also nearing completion on the following projects, according to a district news release:

  • A three-story addition at Indian Woods Middle School
  • A remodel of the commons area at Shawnee Mission Northwest
  • The new Shawnee Mission North weight room next to the school’s field house
  • Upgrading security systems, playground updates and furniture replacements at schools districtwide

What projects are next: The rebuilding of both Rushton and Tomahawk elementary schools, the last of the five elementary schools to be renovated under the 2021 bond measure, is scheduled to begin next year.

  • Hocker Grove, Trailridge and Indian Hills middle schools are all up for learning space upgrades in 2023 and 2024.
  • Shawnee Mission South Shawnee Mission West high schools, along with the district’s career and technical campus are all set for similar upgrades in the next two years.
  • Eight elementary schools including Brookridge, Ray Marsh, Highlands and Merriam Park are up for playground improvements in the next three years.
  • Additional projects and timelines can be found on the district website here.

About the author

Juliana Garcia
Juliana Garcia

👋 Hi! I’m Juliana Garcia, and I cover Prairie Village and northeast Johnson County for the Johnson County Post.

I grew up in Roeland Park and graduated from Shawnee Mission North before going on to the University of Kansas, where I wrote for the University Daily Kansan and earned my bachelor’s degree in  journalism. Prior to joining the Post in 2019, I worked as an intern at the Kansas City Business Journal.