Have you driven down West 43rd Avenue recently and wondered why there are fences and bulldozers surrounding Frank Rushton Elementary School?
The nearly 60 year old school is slated to be completely rebuilt over the course of the next year with a scheduled opening for the 2016-2017 school year. During the 2015-2016 year, students will attend classes in the current building while construction on the new building is underway.
As you can imagine, students and staff alike are overjoyed by the prospect of the new school. Mary Welsh, Frank Rushton Elementary School principal, remarked that “while the mobile unit provided much needed space for a couple of classrooms, we are looking forward to having all students back under one roof and reasonable teaching and work space for all staff members. Several are currently using closets, cubicles in the hallway or corners of classrooms. Having a separate gymnasium means that the first PE class each morning and afternoon will not have to begin in the front hall while the multipurpose room is being cleaned from breakfast and lunch. We are so thankful!”
RDA partner BikeWalkKC has worked with the school district to increase the walkability of the school in the new site design, which includes relocating the current crosswalk across W. 43rd Avenue and creating a bus and car circulation area.
Frank Rushton is one of three public elementary schools in Rosedale. The student population is 45 percent Hispanic, 40 percent African American, 12 percent White, and 3 percent Asian. The students come from the United States, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The following languages are spoken by student groups and their families: English, Spanish, Bangla, Chinese, Creoles and Pidgins English, Ethiopic, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Kuanyama, Lao, Malay, Oromo, Ponape, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
For more information on the school construction, visit the USD 500 website at www.kckps.org or call 913-551-3200.