I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer months and are ready to be back in school for another year of learning. A lot has happened over the past twelve months and we have many more positive changes and plans in our future.
After 20 years of planning and construction, Belton High School is complete. The school will house grades 9-12 and provide many opportunities we could have only imagined when we were young. One of the most important items in my eyes is the safety of students and staff. The front entrance of the high school has been changed and a more secure process is in place for people from the outside to access the high school. Along with the additional security measures, the library media center and commons area have been renovated as well. Thank you again for supporting the bond to create this great facility for our students!
Along with the new classrooms, aquatic center, performing arts center, fieldhouse, and office spaces at the high school, the Academies of Belton will officially launch in August. The flagship class for our Pirates is the Freshmen Seminar. This seminar class will introduce students to career opportunities aligning with their interests. Students will then select one of three Academies: Business & Technology, Human Services, or Science & Industry. Within each Academy, students select a pathway to guide their coursework. Those pathways include options like accounting, health services, architecture and construction, and many more.
The Academies allow our students to explore and have hands-on experiences through internships and job shadowing opportunities, all designed to prepare them for their futures after high school. We also are working toward all students having at least one IRC (Industry Recognized Credential), MVA (Market Value Asset), or a minimum of nine college hours before they graduate. This is a lofty goal, and our first graduating class with this goal is scheduled for the year 2023. If you would like more information about the Academies of Belton, please visit the Academies page.
With the move of freshmen to the high school, the overcrowding at the middle school has been relieved. The school now houses grades 7 and 8. BOSCO, our program designed for students to receive behavioral and educational supports in a smaller environment, has also moved from the building north of Belton Middle School to the Scott Building. In the spring, the decision was made to repurpose Scott Elementary School; students and staff have been embraced by the Cambridge, Gladden, and Kentucky Trail Elementary School communities.
Just as we have repurposed Yeokum Center of Innovation to house our high school biomedical, engineering, manufacturing, design, vocational agriculture, robotics, and woods/metal programs, we are pleased to share the BOSCO building will not remain empty: It will be repurposed to house the new Belton School District Primary Care Clinic. This new and exciting endeavor stems from a partnership between the Belton Regional Medical Center and the Belton School District. The clinic will serve Belton students and staff, and they can be seen for medical needs and illnesses.
A special thanks to our Board of Education for supporting this vision, as well as Todd Krass, Belton Regional Medical Center CEO, and HCA Midwest Health; without all parties coming together for the good of student and staff health, this incredible investment in our community would not have happened. This clinic will be the first of its kind in the Kansas City, Missouri area. We believe this will help with student and staff attendance, and in the long term improve the overall education experience for our students. I could not be more thrilled to make this a reality for our community!
BOSCO students and staff are not the only groups moving to the Scott Building. We will also be moving our secondary online learning program, our 18-21 year old life skills program, the secondary alternative education program, the Welcome Center supporting our Hispanic families, and a future hope: a transitional language program for some our ESL (English as a Second Language) students who can use additional language supports. Also, the alternative education programs k-12, and a possible transition kindergarten preparation program to be housed at the Scott Building.
With your support, we will continue to develop and provide innovative, creative, and rigorous academic options for all students because we firmly believe all students deserve a top-notch education. I want to thank you for choosing the Belton School District as the place to educate the most precious commodity, your children and our future.
As always, every day is a great day to be a Pirate!
Sincerely in Education,
Andrew S. Underwood
Superintendent of Schools
Belton School District #124
Belton School District Central Office816-489-7000816-489-7015 (fax)110 W WalnutBelton, MO 64012