Sunny Vale Middle School in Blue Springs is now the Paul A. Kinder Middle School.

The renaming was done in honor of Kinder’s 27 years of service in the district, with the past 14 as superintendent.

The district said Kinder was instrumental in facility improvements at each building site with the passages of bond issues in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013. These projects directly related to the enhanced safety and security of the district’s students and staff members, the district said. Plus most recently, each of the middle schools received an upgrade in safety with the relocation of offices to the front of the buildings.

Kinder’s name will be displayed on the front of the Sunny Vale Middle School building, at 3930 N.W. R.D. Mize Road in Blue Springs, which was constructed during his time through the 2001 bond issue.

Kinder recently announced his retirement as superintendent at the end of the 2013-14 school year. He will be replaced by Deputy Superintendent Jim Finley.