Archive for Sunday, July 30, 2000

Lenexa and DeSoto to discuss growth

July 30, 2000


Lenexa city and DeSoto school district officials will get together this week to discuss rapid growth and its effects.

DeSoto school board clerk Barbara Gregg said the DeSoto Board of Education will attend a special meeting called by the Lenexa City Council at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting will follow a dinner at the Falcon Ridge Club House in Lenexa.

"We've never had this type of conversation with the Lenexa City Council," she said. "I think they probably are realizing the growth that we will be experiencing."

More and more new housing developments are springing up in the area and could bring more students to Lenexa and Shawnee Mission, which are partially served by the DeSoto district.

It's not as if the district hasn't dealt with growth in the recent past.

Last year, voters approved a $42.5 million bond issue to build new schools, tennis courts and athletic fields and an administration center.

This fall, the district will open its new Mize Elementary School, 71st Street and Mize Road, and Mill Valley High School, which is near Monticello Trails Middle School. An additional elementary school will open in 2002.

Gregg said the district expects more students. Last year alone, the district's enrollment increased by 12 percent -- the largest hike in the state.

"Construction is starting to develop rather rapidly here," she said.

In fact, Gregg said new sewer lines recently were installed in preparation for new developments in the eastern part of the district.

"Right now, Shawnee is where we're seeing tons and tons of growth," she said.

And 60 percent of Shawnee is included in the DeSoto district. The district also serves 40 percent of Lenexa and a little bit of Eudora, Olathe and Bonner Springs.

Working with other cities requires a lot of collaboration, Gregg said. The district is working with Lenexa city officials to install school zone speed limit signs near the new elementary school.

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