Shock: Three Resign from Kansas City Public Schools

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Just two-and-a-half months after its superintendent suddenly resigned and trekked to Detroit, three administrators in the Kansas City public schools are now calling it quits.

And it came as a shock to school board members, who learned of the resignations in a late afternoon memo.

Those resigning include:

  • Rebecca Lee-Gwin, chief financial officer
  • Mary Esselman, chief of curriculum officer
  • MiUndrae Prince, chief academic officer

Board members said there is a lot of anxiety among teachers and staff as a Jan. 1 state takeover looms.

"The anxiety that that has created amongst staff has, I think, led to some of the resignations that we're seeing," said Crispin Rea Jr., school board member. "From a board perspective, it makes it harder for us to continue to move forward and maintain stability in all of this turmoil. Our success is so dependent on maintaining a strong, stable administrative team."

Another school board meeting is scheduled for Monday evening.

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