Five years after approving a temporary move to Bishop Miege North, Johnson County Community College officially began the process of leaving. Except it will not return to a new location at Mission mall as it planned. It will withdraw from Roeland Park to a second off-campus facility at King’s Cove office park located south west of the facility in Merriam. In their May 19 board meeting, trustees approved a new contract with King’s Cove that will shift the BMN classes to that location.
JCCC began offering classes at Mission Center Mall in 2002. When 50 year-old mall was demolished in 2006, JCCC authorized offering classes temporarily at Bishop Miege North. JCCC planned to return to a new Mission mall that would have included a proposed aquarium. However that project has been delayed for more than five years with no deal in sight.
In order to accommodate the almost 500 students who used the Mission Center Mall location, JCCC rented approximately six classrooms at BMN and made several improvements to the site including replacing the electrical system, adding lighting, building an accessible restroom, replacing chalkboards with white boards and painting the classrooms.
BMN was not the only site JCCC considered. Trustee Lynn Mitchelson lobbied for JCCC to partner with the University of Kansas Medical Center on Shawnee Mission Parkway just a few miles away from the Mission Center mall site.
Flier noting JCCC’s move from Mission Mall to Bishop Miege North in 2006:
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JCCC closes Bishop Miege satellite site, moves general education classes to King’s Cove
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – This fall, even though Johnson County Community College’s practical nursing and health occupations classes will move from its King’s Cove facility to its new Olathe Health Education Center, the college will not close the site. Instead, it will offer general education classes at the facility at 10000 W. 75th Street in Merriam.
The trustees approved the renewal of the lease for King’s Cove at their monthly meeting May 19. Classes now offered at Bishop Miege North, 4901 Reinhardt, Fairway, will move to King’s Cove, and the Bishop Miege location will close. The college first offered classes at Bishop Miege in January 2006. It has been using the King’s Cove site since fall 1995.
The college plans to expand the number of general education courses it offers in the eight classrooms at King’s Cove. In addition, a small lab used by the certified nurse aide program will remain open. Students will be able to use computers and resources in a common area at King’s Cove, which will also have space for faculty offices.
“We have appreciated the great working relationship we’ve had with the Bishop Miege Foundation these past five years,” said Terry Calaway, JCCC president. “But as the practical nursing and health occupations classes move to Olathe, the college needs to take advantage of operational efficiencies and savings offered by the consolidation of classes at King’s Cove.”
The board agreed to renew the lease agreement with King’s Cove at a cost of $13.25 per square foot, based on 9,393 square feet, for a total of $124,457.25 a year for a two-year period, effective April 2011 through March 31, 2013. The Bishop Miege location measured about 10,000 square feet with six classrooms.
“It’s important that the college offers classes in the northeast part of the county,” Calaway said. “We’ll continue to look at other satellite locations in the north as budget and enrollment allow.”
A fashion collection used by the college’s fashion merchandising program, now housed at Bishop Miege, will move back to the main campus. The college is the repository of the Kansas City Regional Fashion Group international collection containing more than 1,500 pieces of apparel.