KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Missouri School District has officially sworn in the winners of the mostly write-in school board race. Now, many wonder what difference they'll make as the district struggles to regain its accreditation.
Parents, community members and school officials applauded the new board members and got to speak with each of them on Wednesday night. They say they're ready to tackle all of the district's challenges that lie ahead.
Marisol Montero, Curtis Rogers, John Hile and Airick West are sworn in as Kansas City Missouri School District Board members. West is a familiar face, re-elected last week after serving as board president and chair. The others are new to the board. With the election formalities over the new members say it's time to get down to business.
"There are 14 standards and we only have three," said school board member Curtis Rogers. "We need to have at least six to have provisional accreditation."
"We have to be a little better at communication," said school board member John Hile. "I think especially with our families and our students. we need to do a better job at listening to our parents."
Board members old and new heard a progress report from school principals in the district. The principals head schools that have been performing consistently at a low level. They discussed in part how changing the climate at the schools has increased attendance and how to better prevent kids from missing school. They also submitted a presentation showing overall progress in the road to regain accreditation.
During Wednesday's meeting Airick West was re-elected as the board chairman.