Grain Valley Schools Update

A Grain Valley School District Publication

We Are Committed to Keeping You Informed

We are using this email newsletter approach for the first time and are targeting all families of students who attend Grain Valley Schools. This is the latest effort to keep our families informed of progress towards our priorities. Be sure to let us know if you have story ideas, questions, or other feedback.

We also utilize social media to communicate with our stakeholders. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Top news stories are posted on our blog, Grain Valley Schools Today, at

Guided by Our Mission Statement

Through our Mission Statement, we intend to inform, unify, challenge and motivate our key stakeholders by setting a common understanding of our school district.

Mission - When all key stakeholders have a common understanding of the mission, we can better work together as a team in pursuit of the vision.

Our Mission: We operate a public school district dedicated to educating every student, every day.

Vision - The desired future state of our district.

Our Vision: To be the best model of student success whose graduates are prepared to excel in a complex world.

Values - We reinforce the basic family values that children first learn at home, in order to impact the future.

Our Values: Integrity – Self-discipline – Respect – Responsibility – Citizenship – Leadership

Engaging Our Stakeholders in Planning for the Future

Who: Parents, Students in grades 4-12, Community Members, and Employees.

What: You are invited to serve as a member of our Key Stakeholder Strategic Planning Committee, or "Planning Committee," to inform goals and strategies to guide our district into the future in areas of teaching, learning, and achieving overall excellence as a district.

When: 3-night commitment needed. January 12, 14, & 19 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 .p.m. We will serve dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Grain Valley North Middle School Media Center - 31608 N.E. Pink Hill Rd. Grain Valley, MO

Why: Please help us generate our next 5-year plan for district improvement.

How: RSVP to Brad Welle at if you are able to join us.

Bond Issue on the Ballot for February 2

The School Board has approved the placement of a $9.5 Million bond issue on the ballot for February 2, 2016 to allow for the next phase of work to our high school. Passage of this bond issue does not require raising the district tax levy rate.

Our district continues to grow. We currently have 4200 students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades, including nearly 1200 students in our high school. This is twice as many students in our district as we had just 11 years ago.

The next phase of the high school phase features seven new classrooms, plus restrooms, collaboration spaces and the renovation of approximately one-half of the existing classrooms between the new 2016 phase and the 2013 phase.

Also included in this phase are eight new tennis courts (located at the former bus lot) and a plaza/concessions/restroom/storage between the new tennis courts and the baseball and softball fields. Two hundred additional parking spaces are included in the base bid for the south side of the school, as is a greenhouse attached to science classrooms on the south side of the school.

Prior to 2012, our high school building had a capacity of 850 students. In 2012 the school district hosted public forums to address the needs of a much-overcrowded Grain Valley High School. Based on the input from stakeholders in these sessions, the School Board approved a long-range plan to double the square footage of the high school building and renovate the existing structure to provide the infrastructure, instructional space, and activity space needed to accommodate as many as 1600 high school students. This long-range plan has led to the passage of school bond issues in 2013 and 2014, resulting in additions and renovations to the southeast corner of the school. Improvements have also been made to the entrance and north plaza of the stadium. The next phase of the long range plan shifts attention to the northeast corner of the school.

Check out our blog for more information on the scope of the project and how it fits into the long-range plan to expand and renovate the high school:

The next phase of the high school, pictured below, facing west from the current tennis courts features seven new classrooms, plus restrooms, collaboration spaces and the renovation of existing classrooms. This new entrance will serve students who ride buses to and from school.

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