Kauffman Foundation Announces Permanent Site for its Charter School

Joy Torchia, Kauffman Foundation 

The Ewing Marion Kauffman School will be located on campus of the Church of the Nazarene's former headquarters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 6, 2011) — The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today that the permanent location for the Ewing Marion Kauffman School will be located at 63rd Street and The Paseo. This property, formerly the headquarters for the Church of the Nazarene, offers a 13-acre campus that includes four existing buildings. The opportunity to create a campus environment was a critical component in the site selection for the charter school, as this location will enable the Kauffman School to educate more than 1,000 middle and high school students at a single location. The site was selected following an extensive search of suitable properties located in Kansas City's urban core.

"This announcement represents not only the next stage in development of the Kauffman School, but also the Kauffman Foundation's continued commitment to the future of Kansas City," said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. "We are very pleased that the permanent home of the Kauffman School will be located squarely in the urban core. There is no more important investment we can make than the education and development of the next generation of citizens and leaders in our community."

The Kauffman School will open with its first class of fifth graders in August 2011. The school will add a new class each year, as it builds to serve fifth through twelfth graders. For the first two years, the Kauffman School will be located in a temporary site at 4251 Bridger Road in the Westport area. The temporary location enables the school to serve its first two classes while the permanent site is being renovated to create a full middle and high school campus. The Kauffman School will move into its permanent home in the 2013-14 school year. By 2018, the school will serve 1,000 fifth through twelfth graders.

The Kauffman School will be located on property that has been vacant for nearly three years in Kansas City's urban core. The site selection team agreed on this location in part because of its urban core location and the opportunity to renovate several buildings that can serve all of the middle and high school students on one site.

In commenting on the sale of this property, Marilyn McCool, general treasurer for the Church of the Nazarene said, "We are so pleased to know this site will be the new home of the Kauffman School, as we believe there would be no greater service than to educate Kansas City's children on this campus."

The site selection team explored a wide variety of options and selected this property after extensive due diligence. Kansas City, Missouri School District buildings were considered during this process, but none offered the desired combination of an urban core location and full campus environment that this site offers. The timeline of a potential sale was another important factor as planning and renovations need to begin immediately so the school will be ready for occupancy at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The sale of this property closed today.

About the Ewing Marion Kauffman School:
The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is a public charter school that will serve middle and high school students from grades five through twelve. The mission of the Kauffman School is to prepare students to excel academically, graduate from college, and apply their unique talents in the world to create economically independent and personally fulfilling lives. The Kauffman School will offer a rigorous education to enable each student fully to compete in our nation's colleges and universities. Students will be prepared to contribute to their local, national, and global communities. The Kauffman School will open in August 2011 with its first class of 100 fifth graders, and an additional class will be added each year until the school serves middle and high school students. For more information, visit www.kauffmanschool.org.