KCPS to announce new details on search for new superintendent at school board meeting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Public School District is getting closer to hiring a new superintendent and on Wednesday night, school board members will announce new details about the finalists.

Board Chairman Jon Hile  told FOX 4 that he’s not sure if they’ll release the names of the finalists at Wednesday's meeting because he want to meet with the search firm first and get their advice before doing so. He does, though, intend to announce the number of finalists  along with a timeline for when they will hire someone to run the Kansas City School District.

Assistant superintendent Al Tunis is currently running the school district after former leader Dr. Stephen Green left to take a superintendent job in Atlanta.
In four years, Dr. Green helped lead the district from the brink of being taken over by the state to becoming partially accredited by installing new learning initiatives that led to rising test scores, but the school district is still facing challenges.

Besides the pressure to keep test scores rising, board members are also creating a new master plan and want to close three schools: Southwest Early College Campus, Attucks Elementary and Paige Elementary.

The district also plans to move out of the central office in downtown Kansas City into the old Nazarene Publishing House at 29th and Troost. By consolidating two buildings into one, the district will save tens of thousands of dollars annually in operating costs.

There is a public meeting set for at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to hear the community’s opinion on the move. Then at 6:30 p.m., the board will go into closed session to discuss the superintendent search with the search firm – and after that, they will provide an update to the public.

Both meetings will be here in the downtown offices, and all Kansas City school parents are invited to attend.