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Many private schools across northern Johnson County are starting classes with a combination of in-person, virtual and hybrid learning over the next few weeks. The emphasis on in-person or hybrid learning across private schools stands in contrast with the Shawnee Mission School District, which is opting for remote learning for all students. Shawnee Mission administrators have indicated there are plans in the works for elementary students to return to in-person learning — that’s coming later this week.
School administrators at Pembroke Hill, Maranatha Christian Academy, The Barstow School and the Johnson County area elementary and high schools under the Archdiocese of Kansas City, all shared plans for mitigation measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 within their school buildings, as well as contingency plans for known positive cases.
After some public school districts announced they would start the school year with most students at home, Maranatha Christian Academy started fielding calls.
“Enrollment numbers shot up even this week, once the Shawnee Mission school district and others announced they were not going to open in a normal fashion,” Janet Fogh, head of school, said last week. “Three families are here right now touring. We accepted seven or eight different families yesterday. We’re doing tours as fast as we can. It’s really surprising.”
The private school in Shawnee was among the first in the region to bring students back to class, on Aug. 10. Its roughly 320 students are having their temperatures regularly checked, playing sports with precautions, social distancing and wearing masks most of the day, except at gym and recess.
Maranatha Christian Academy plans to build a new campus on 27 acres at the northeast corner of 71st and Silverheel streets in Shawnee.
The Shawnee City Council recently gave its blessing for the school and a nearby athletic field — after some nearby residents voiced concerns about noise, traffic and stadium lighting. More detailed plans will be considered later.
Maranatha officials want to consolidate operations at a single location where they can host events instead of looking for other venues, Janet Fogh, head of school, said by email. The opening is targeted for August 2022.
With an enrollment of 321 students, Maranatha now operates from two Shawnee locations: the north campus for elementary students at 15000 W. 63rd St. across from Swarner Park and a secondary school in rented space at Cross Points Church in the 6800 block of Lackman Road.
“Having our own campus will serve to increase school identity and school pride,” Fogh said.
The total construction cost is estimated at $25 million, with the first phase coming in at $15 million. The school ultimately could accommodate 600 students.
‘“We are thankful for the generosity of many,” Fogh said. “We did have one very generous, anonymous donor who has donated $5 million, which is how we were able to purchase the land, debt-free, and have money for initial expenditures.
“We are a college-prep school with excellent, award-winning academics, fine arts and athletics,” Fogh said. “Our motto is Wisdom Character Service, and we seek to train our students to be leaders of good character, ready to excel at the next step and to be valuable members of the community.”
The Shawnee City Council on Monday unanimously approved a rezoning and special use permit for Maranatha Christian Academy’s new campus near K-7 Highway and Shawnee Mission Parkway.
Maranatha Christian Academy, a private independent school in Shawnee, is planning to build a new campus near K-7 Highway and Shawnee Mission Parkway.The plans call for a new $25 million campus on about 27 acres of land at the northeast corner of 71st and Silverheel streets. The project includes a 130,000-square-foot school building and sports stadium for K-12 students.
On Friday, May 1st, MCA families wanted to show their appreciation for the efforts and commitment of the MCA faculty and staff during the Covid-19 crisis. As a special thanks they purchased and placed a run on a local radio station thanking them throughout the day: