Cathy Paul, principal at the school, said the name of the building, Liggett Trail Education Center, comes from combining the road on which it is located (Liggett) with the word “Trail,” which refers to the many natural trails in the area.

Name: Liggett Trail Education Center

Where: 3575 S.W. Liggett Road, Blue Springs

Principal: Cathy Paul

Opened: 2005.

Population: The school currently serves 265 students through specialized programming for early childhood special education and multi-disabled students. There are 65 staff members in the school.

School district: Blue Springs

History: Cathy Paul, principal at the school, said the name of the building comes from combining the road on which it is located (Liggett) with the word “Trail,” which refers to the many natural trails in the area. She said the land was formerly Jackson County Parks and Recreation property, and the school sits where the archery range was originally located. The setting is a very peaceful home to deer, turkey, raccoons and all kinds of furry friends, Paul said. Oftentimes, the school is mistaken by tourists for a nature center rather than a public school.

What’s happening: Liggett Trail has an active PTA that organizes many special events for our students and families Paul said. The school just wrapped up the spring fundraiser and is looking forward to Family Fun Night in May. She said the school is fortunate to have strong support from the Blue Springs community. The Sunset Optimists and Lady Elks donate their time and resources to the school and several special projects.  Business partners include Advanced Eye Care, Woods Chapel Price Chopper, Wal-Mart and Party Depot.

What makes Liggett Trail special?

“The students we serve and their families make LTEC unique. We have developed an experienced staff with expertise in providing developmentally appropriate support for students with delays in the areas of speech and language, cognitive, social-emotional and physical development. Together we celebrate each child’s unique journey and individual successes. We are proud to know that we truly make a difference for children,” Paul said.