Kansas City, Aug. 11, 2019: Kansas City Public Schools hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration to mark the opening of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Middle School from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at the school, which is located at 2012 E. 23rd St. in Kansas City, Mo.
This event marked the completion of a two-year, $16.3 million renovation project at the old Lincoln Junior High School building. The ribbon-cutting ceremony included remarks by Superintendent Mark Bedell, School Board Chair Pattie Mansur and Principal Mary Bachkora. Tours of the campus followed the ribbon-cutting.
Lincoln Prep Middle School features state-of-the-art teaching and collaborative learning spaces for students in grades 6-8. The renovation project included upgrading and repairing the building exterior and grounds, reorganizing the individual core subject classrooms, and providing new collaborative learning areas throughout all four floors.
The lower level of the campus includes a space for Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a STEM-focused area with a lab, and teaching spaces for science, technology, engineering and math classes. These spaces utilize non-traditional construction including movable walls, furniture and overhead glass doors.
Additionally, the school has a reimagined commons which intuitively engages students daily through experiential learning, and a multi-use cafeteria space that transitions to a break-out area for conversations and team building. Oversight and administrative areas have been redefined, with assistant principals and counselors spread throughout the core areas to provide support for students, and areas for teachers to collaborate with each other or lesson-plan between core and elective teams.
The Lincoln Prep Middle School project began in 2017 as part of a discussion around how to address ongoing overcrowding at nationally-ranked Lincoln College Preparatory Academy high school. Moving the middle school students to the new campus will allow for additional enrollment and an improved teaching and learning environment at the high school.