The Shawnee Mission School Board Monday took its first step toward consolidating all of its administrative services in one building by constructing a new administrative center on the site of the closed Antioch Middle School.
It had earlier been determined that the existing middle school building could not be repurposed for a new administration building as it stands. The board Monday only approved a contract for architectural-engineering services with ACI Boland Architects. It was not asked to approve construction of the building. The contract will allow design work to begin.
If construction is approved, the new building is expected to be between 150,000 and 200,000 square feet with a cost estimated at nearly $35 million. Capital funds have been allocated for the new building. The current middle school building would be razed to make way for the new center.
Superintendent Jim Hinson said consolidation of administrative services was one of the issues that came up on his listening tour that he embarked upon last July. A new administration building would bring together district administrative personnel now located at McEachen, Broadmoor, Indian Creek and Arrowhead. He prefers personnel who deal with students to be located in the schools, he said.
While Broadmoor would be retained by the district, the other properties would be vacated and sold, Hinson said. Broadmoor will be needed for at least the next several years for instructional programs, he said, including potentially housing displaced elementary students during new construction periods.
If the project continues to move forward, design would be completed later this year and construction would be completed in 2016.