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Could Neighboring Districts Take Over KCMO Schools?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In just a matter of a few weeks, the Kansas City Missouri School District will be stripped of its accreditation, leaving the fate of thousands of the district's students up in the air. Now, there is a proposal that could turn control of the district over to neighboring school districts.

Once the KCMOSD loses its accreditation on January 1, students in the district will legally have the option to enroll in neighboring districts. Officials in some of those neighboring districts have been discussing their options, and whether busing kids into the districts is in the best interests of the kids in the long run.

One option being discussed is whether it would be possible for neighboring school districts to take over KCMO schools. Independence School District superintendent Jim Hinson says that this isn't about power or control - it's about the kids.

"We're in this calling for kids. We understand just because you cross the street from one district to another district or one city to another city, we're all the same community, and if we can be part of a solution that benefits kids everywhere that's what we're willing to do," said Hinson.

Hinson says that the major unknown factor in the discussions is how students and parents in the Kansas City Missouri School District feel about it.

There will be a series of town hall meetings to discuss the future of the district starting tonight at the Manual Career and Technical Center on Truman Road at 6 p.m. The other meetings are scheduled for December 15,19 & 20th. All meetings start at 6 p.m.

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