KCPS’ ‘master plan’ doesn’t make the grade with some parents

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More parents are sounding off about Kansas City Public Schools 'master plan' on Thursday. The district is proposing sweeping changes that could reshape boundaries and close three schools.

Robert Kearney has three children who attend Crispus Attucks Elementary School in Kansas City. Kearney gives the school district`s proposed plan a failing grade, because he says it will mean closing Attucks, a school his kids love.

“I don`t like the proposal. They just remodeled this school not too long ago and I think they`re wasting taxpayers` money,” Kearney told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend.

The school district`s plan, announced Wednesday night, could impact almost 2,000 students. Under its plan, the district recommends closing three schools: Crispus Attucks, Southwest Early College Campus and Satchel Paige Elementary schools.

“They should leave this school open and a lot other neighborhood schools,” said Kearney.

The district is also proposing $750,000 dollars in administrative cuts and change school boundaries; moves school officials hope will help tackle declining enrollment and falling attendance rates.

Moreover, the district says it wants to improve transportation, and find a way to pay for new or expanded programs. Tanya Warren`s daughter graduated from Southwest Early College Campus in May.

“I think if they shut these school down, it`s going to be a tremendous hit as far as the minority in the area,” Warren said.

“It is important that we are right with this and we take the time necessary to do the engagement and the inclusion in our community to ensure that we end up with a product that everyone is comfortable with,” said school board chairman Jon Hile.

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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