Thomas Hart Benton Elementary School


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About Benton

The original Benton school was built in 1903 and named for Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri's first senator and uncle of another famous Thomas Hart Benton, the painter. The original eight room, 11,000 square foot school was built on land purchased from Isaac and Natalie Rogers at the corner of Hocker and Kansas.  Some of the original foundation still remains at that site.  Thomas Hart Benton Elementary's current location on Leslie was dedicated on March 29
and 30, 1953.  The following Monday Mrs. Mildred Kearnes led her 296 students on a three block walk to the new location. We are proud of the rich history at Benton Elementary!

Welcome to Benton Elementary

429 S Leslie Avenue
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-521-5390
Fax: 816-521-5634

Office Hours:  7:45am - 4:30pm
School Times: 8:05am - 3:50pm

Benton Elementary is a caring learning community where all members are valued as individuals and supported in their personal growth and development. We believe a child's education involves the student, family, staff and community, working together to create an environment in which decisions are based on what is best for student learning.

Meet the Principal

Principal Montel Evans
Principal, Anti-bullying Coordinator


Assistant Principal Kayla O'Sullivan


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Helpful Information

Title I Regulatory & Compliance Information

Anti-Bullying Coordinator: Kayla O'Sullivan 521-5390

ISD Section 504 Coordinator: Amy Chappell 521-5300