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Push to re-open Hale Cook Elementary School

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After closing in 2009 Hale Cook Elementary School in Waldo will re-open this fall. But, the Kansas City Missouri School District is still trying to boost enrollment.

To date the district says 26 students have enrolled at Hale Cook. That’s only enough students to make up one kindergarten classroom. Still, the District says it’s enough for Hale Cook to open in the fall as a school within a school at Hartman Elementary.

Tuesday night interested parents with kindergarten and first graders in the Kansas City, Missouri School District can tour the building, ask questions and enroll their child.

The District says once enough students enroll to support two full kindergarten classrooms renovations will be able to begin at the elementary school. In recent months the building has been given an outside facelift. In May volunteers donated hundreds of man hours to clean up the campus through mulching, weeding, painting and other work.

Tuesday night’s event starts at 5:30 at Hale Cook Elementary at 7302 Pennsylvania Avenue. To learn more about the project to re-open Hale Cook and to view the school boundaries, visit

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