Northeast Middle School officially open to students

By MICAH WILKINS
Northeast News
August 13, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – As of this week, the newly renovated Northeast Middle School is now home to 478 seventh graders.

Construction workers were making the final touches on the school and its exterior up until Sunday so the building would be ready for the first day of school Monday morning, Aug. 11.

According to Cheryl Luther, the Senior Superintendent at JE Dunn Construction, the company hired to renovate the school, some last minute work was added to the agenda last week, including window cleaning, power-washing the sidewalks and additional painting.

“We saved the best for last,” Luther said. “We wanted to beautify a few extra spaces. We didn’t spend all the money in our budget, so we wanted to do a little more, and do some tweaking to all the bells and whistles.”

When Northeast Middle closed in 2010, the building was left in disarray, according to Luther.

“People just walked out, it was a mess,” Luther said. “Going from what you walked into to what we have now, it’s incredible. The workers are pretty excited.”

For the past few months, over 100 workers were working in the building at one time, according to Luther, painting, laying concrete, moving in furniture and more.

The renovation of the building is part of a $25 million project by the Kansas City Public School district to open two new middle schools this fall. Northeast Middle and Central Middle schools are implementing a brand new model of education specific to middle schoolers.

This model, introduced last year by Dr. Cynthia Johnson, the Kansas City Public School district’s Lead Middle School Principal and Project Leader, includes color-coded “neighborhoods” for groups of students within the building. Students in the purple neighborhood, for example, take their core classes all together in the same area of the school, and their classrooms, hallways, even lockers are painted purple.

Also included in this new model of education are collaboration areas within the schools, which act as open spaces where students can complete group projects, have discussions, perform skits and more.

“It’s a different type of environment from the regular classroom setting,” said Sherry Stark, the new school’s secretary. “Sometimes you just need to relocate to keep the kids focused.”

To Stark, the large classrooms, the tall ceilings, the renovated gymnasiums and auditorium, the school’s sophisticated technology, and more, it’s all “state of the art stuff.”

Comments are closed.

  • KCPS Superintendent Bedell understands the importance of positive mentors

    September 7th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – First-year Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell will personally mentor Northeast High School freshman Samari Shelton during the 2016-2017 school year.


    NEHS grad Easley heading to Missouri Valley HOF

    August 30th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Former Northeast High School basketball star Jack Easley is one of six members set to be inducted in the 2016 class of the Missouri


    KCPS Summerfest draws big crowd in first installment

    August 9th, 2016
    by

    Summerfest. Thousands showed up to the new Kansas City Public Schools headquarters (2901 Troost) on Saturday, August 6 for the Summerfest back-to-school event.


    Back to School 2016: Northeast High School looking for mentors

    August 3rd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Northeast High School is always striving to help their students as much as possible.


    Back to School 2016: Memories of Manchester School

    August 3rd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – After spending years as a pillar of blight in the community, the former Manchester School has now officially said goodbye to the Northeast.


  • [Advertisement.]
  • Back to School 2016: Literacy program leads way to better reading

    August 3rd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – According to the literacy organization Lead to Read KC, only 49% of students in Kansas City are reading at grade-level by third grade.


    Back to School 2016: Soccer for Success program still seeking participants despite rapid growth

    August 3rd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News When Mattie Rhodes Center Soccer for Success program coordinator Amanda Mitchell joined the team last fall, fewer than 100 kids participated in the after-school soccer program.


    Back to School 2016: Q&A with new KCPS Superintendent

    August 3rd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – New Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell may be new to the area, but he’s highly experienced in the field of education.


    Back to School 2016: KCPS to host Summerfest Back-to-School Event

    August 3rd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Kansas City Public Schools plans to give away 6,500 backpacks at their first annual Summerfest back to school festival this weekend.
    The event is scheduled on


    Back to School 2016: Editorial Cartoon by Ian Partain

    August 3rd, 2016
    by

    Editorial Cartoon by Ian Partain […]


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    Independence man convicted in October 2014 shooting

    Northeast News September 29, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – An Independence man was convicted by a Jackson County jury on […]

    Council committee paves way for October 6 economic incentive vote

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News September 28, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City Council’s Planning, Zoning, and Economic […]

    A royal treat since 1899

    Northeast News The roots of today’s American Royal can be traced to 1899 when the fledgling event was referred to as the National Hereford Show.