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KCPS considering big changes to combat costs and declining enrollment

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some parents and teachers say a Kansas City Public Schools master plan took them by surprise. The district is proposing significant changes that could reshape boundaries and close three schools.

The district’s plan could impact nearly 2,000 students. The biggest change could come if the district follows through with recommendations to close three schools: Southwest Early College Campus, Crispus Attucks and Satchel Paige elementary schools.

The district has other recommendations, too. It wants to make $750,000 in administrative cuts and change school boundaries in hopes of fighting dropping enrollment and falling attendance rates. With the changes, the district also says it needs to improve transportation and find a way to pay for new or expanded programs.

“So now as we look at redoing the boundaries, it does appear at first glance that we are participating in the regentrification of our city and we are now creating boundaries that are going to be clearly amongst racial and socioeconomic lines,” said Catina Taylor, a substitute teacher in the district.

“And so we really have to ask ourselves as a city, as a school district, as a community as a whole, is this something that we want to continue to perpetuate?”

The district says you will hear a lot more about this plan over the next two months. There will be public meetings in the following places on the following dates:

North Area: Wednesday, November 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Northeast Middle School, located at 4904 Independence Avenue.

South Area: Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Paseo Academy, located at 4747 Flora Avenue.

Central Area: Saturday, November 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Academy, located at 3221 Indiana Avenue.

North Area: Monday, November 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rogers Elementary, located at 6400 E. 23rd Street.

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