|Longview Farm Elementary School is the
Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s 16th elementary. The school,
located in a remodeled Longview Show Horse Arena, is designed to house approximately
650 students in kindergarten through sixth grades. Thanks to an innovative
partnership involving the R-7 School District, Gale Communities and the
City of Lee’s Summit, the school was constructed at a significant
savings to the school district.
The new elementary school, located in western Lee’s Summit, provides additional classroom space for the rapidly growing R-7 School District. Since 1990, the district has grown by an annual average of 486 students. In addition, the school district is expected to grow tremendously over the next 10 to 15 years with overall enrollment projected to climb from around 16,000 today to close to 20,000 by 2012.
Following the approval of the spring 2004 bond issue, construction and planning for the new elementary school was initiated. A construction kick-off ceremony, hosted by Gale Communities and the R-7 School District, was held May 6 at the site. Featured speakers at this event included R-7 Board of Education President Patti Buie; Lee's Summit Mayor Karen Messerli; Building Our Future Committee Co-chair Janis Duke; Dr. Tony Stansberry, R-7 superintendent; David Gale, Gale Communities president; John Wisniewski, Hollis & Miller Group Inc.; and Augie Huber, CEO of A.L. Huber General Contractor.
Hollis & Miller Group designed the new school, and A.L. Huber is the general contractor. Both the architect and contractor have focused on retaining the structure’s historic amenities while creating a functional and inviting school environment. Additional information about the historic preservation and school design is available on the Historical Preservation page on this web site.
As construction continued through the 2004-05 school year, school district staff worked to ensure a smooth opening in fall 2005. Dr. Ryan Rostine, formerly principal at Hawthorn Hill Elementary School in Lee’s Summit, was named principal for Longview Farm Elementary during February 2005. During early 2005, staff were hired for the new school, a PTA was formed and neighborhood families became more involved in the project. Teams involving staff, parents and students developed recommendations for the school’s mascot, school colors, campus name and motto. Students scheduled to attend the new school had the opportunity to vote on the new mascot. The Stallions are the school’s mascot, and its colors are purple and gold. In addition, the Board of Education approved naming the school campus after Loula Long Combs, daughter of Robert A. Long and well known for her internationally recognized prize-winning show horses. Longview Farm Elementary’s motto is “The Legacy Continues …”
First day of school for Longview Farm Elementary will be Aug. 22, and a dedication ceremony for the new school is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005.
The new school’s address is 1001 SW Longview Farm Road, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64081. Phone number is (816) 986-4180. Visit the school's website » Longview Farm Elementary School
Historical elements of the school
About the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District
The district formed in 1949 when 16 rural elementary districts and a high school in Greenwood merged with the little community of Lee’s Summit. At the time of its formation, the R-7 School District included just 1,250 students. Today, the rapidly growing school district includes approximately 16,000 students.
The R-7 School District currently includes three high
schools, three middle schools, 16 elementary schools, a technology academy,
an alternative secondary school and an early education center. Recognized
as one of the nation’s outstanding school districts, the R-7 School
District is fully accredited through the state (Missouri’s highest
honor) and has received the state’s prestigious Distinction In Performance
Award for academic achievement. Students continue to achieve well above
state and national norms on standardized tests and excel in academics
as well as extra-curricular activities. In addition, the district has
received SchoolMatch’s What Parents Want Award and has earned the
Gold Medal honor from Expansion Management Magazine.
|The Longview Farm Elementary Partnership
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