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  • District welcomes Abraham Mallinson Elementary School

  • Micah Zans was all smiles as he walked with his family through Abraham Mallinson Elementary School in Sugar Creek.



    “It’s pretty cool,” said the soon-to-be third grader. “It is really big.”

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  • Micah Zans was all smiles as he walked with his family through Abraham Mallinson Elementary School in Sugar Creek.
    “It’s pretty cool,” said the soon-to-be third grader. “It is really big.”
    Students, families and community members got their first look at the Independence School District’s newest building during an open house Thursday. Dozens of people were on hand to dedicate the elementary school, which is at 709 N. Forest Ave. in Sugar Creek. It is the second elementary school to open in a year. Little Blue Elementary in eastern Independence opened in August 2012.
    “This is very exciting,” said Superintendent Dale Herl. “Looking back at the annexation six years ago, we had an additional 2,400 students. Since that time, we added 950 more in western Independence. It shows that families are wanting a quality education and returning to the area.”
    The elementary school is named after Abraham Mallinson, an early pioneer in Eastern Jackson County who was known as a strong advocate for public education. He purchased the property the school sits on in 1867. The only stipulation his grandson, Sugar Creek resident John Mallinson, had when he sold the land to the school district was that the school be named after the education pioneer.
    “He was very strong when it came to education, and it was something that he passed down generation to generation,” said Matt Mallinson, who is the mayor of Sugar Creek, vice president of the Independence Board of Education and the great grandson of Abraham Mallinson. “I, of course, never met him but I believe if I had, he would have been my hero.”
    Abraham Mallinson believed in education so strongly that each of his four daughters earned a college degree, rare in those days.
    “He always said that without education, women would wind up as being a washer woman or worse,” Matt Mallinson said. “In any community, a strong community school is important. I think this school will bring people to Sugar Creek.”
    Because of the school’s proximity to Sugar Creek Elementary, Mallinson will house second through fifth grades while kindergarten and first will be at Sugar Creek. The school’s mascot was also revealed to be the cardinal.
    “I believe each of you are going to accomplish great things,” said Susan Barnes, principal of Mallinson Elementary. “During the next year, all of our staff members will be there to help you set goals to accomplish those great things.”
    Herl said the opening of Mallinson brings the annexation and ultimate transfer of six buildings into Independence full circle. In 2008, Independence took control of Three Trails, Sugar Creek, Korte and Fairmount elementary schools as well as Nowlin Middle School and Van Horn High School. Prior to that, they were in the struggling Kansas City School District.
    Page 2 of 2 - “To see the families come back to this area is a wonderful thing,” he said. “It shows how important education truly is to a community.”
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