Achieving and Growing

Achieving and Growing
Posted on 01/29/2024
Achieving and Growing

As we mark the end of first semester and the midway point of the 2023-2024 school year, we take time to celebrate BSSD's accomplishments.

Our continued mission is to provide the best educational opportunities for all our students. As we grow academically and as a community, we also update and upgrade current BSSD buildings to provide students with the best educational opportunities. We again have an opportunity to continue that growth with a no tax rate increase bond issue on the February 6, 2024 ballot.

This bond issue includes:

  • The current Career Innovation Center (formerly the Blue Springs Freshman Campus) building dates back to 1954. The building has been added onto or renovated eight times in the last 69 years and will be razed to provide a new state-of-the-art facility with functional spaces for Real World Learning programming like Health Sciences, Physical Therapy, Business, Gaming Technology, Microsoft Technology, Aviation, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality, to name a few. The building will also include a restaurant for the hospitality and tourism programs and an additional gymnasium for multipurpose and athletic use.

  • All four BSSD middle schools would receive a multi-purpose addition geared for fine arts that would be reinforced to withstand an EF-5 tornado.

  • James Walker Elementary, Franklin Smith Elementary, and William Yates Elementary will receive office renovations and additions to accommodate additional counselors, mental health professionals, literacy coaches, assistant principals, interventionists, and other support staff.

  • William Yates Elementary has reached capacity. Additional classrooms are necessary.
    Franklin Smith Elementary received an extensive remodel and addition in the 2021 no tax rate increase bond issue. The school still needs new windows and exterior.

  • BSSD Superintendent Dr. Jerome and the BSSD Board of Education are committed to a second phase of the projects. Another bond issue will need to take place in the years to come to address the infrastructure at Thomas Ultican Elementary and a second phase of the Career Innovation Center. Be on the lookout for community information sessions. You may also contact [email protected] for more information or questions regarding the February 2024 no tax rate increase bond issue.