MCA plans a new Shawnee campus | The Kansas City Star
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.”