A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly rebuilt Hazel Grove Elementary School will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. The school is at 2401 N. 67th St.
Board of Education members and administrators from the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools will be on hand to address staff, students and the community at the event. Tours of the building will be available and refreshments will be served. The regular Board of Education meeting will follow the ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
The new two-story Hazel Grove Elementary opened this school year. The building was designed to carry forth the history of the former building and site. The site where the school stands was a former hazelnut grove, and thus the name. The new building’s façade is embedded with hazelnut trees, and the one remaining living tree on the grounds was preserved.
The total square footage of the new building is 70,394 and it can accommodate up to 550 students. It has four classrooms at each grade level and three swing classrooms to accommodate class size shifts. Each classroom can accommodate between 23 and 28 students and has its own sink and ample storage. Each has wireless access points, Apple TV and a classroom iPad for teachers and students for instructional use. The kindergarten classrooms include a restroom.
Capital outlay funds were used for the construction of the building. These are funds that are designated to be used for existing facilities, improvement of grounds, construction of facilities, additions to facilities, remodeling of facilities, or for the purchase or lease of equipment.
- Story from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools