Parents hopeful KC School Board will choose to keep Wendell Phillips Elementary School open

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --Changes are coming to Kansas City Public Schools and some families in the area are not happy about it. The Kansas City School Board will hear recommendations Wednesday including the consideration to close Wendell Phillips Elementary School.

Kansas City Public Schools say the proposed master plan will include closures and boundary changes that will impact 15 percent of its students.

Wendell Phillips is one of the few schools in the district that’s fully accredited. The school currently has 224 students and a 96 percent attendance rate. But district officials say they’ve spent more than two years working on the master plan meeting with students, parents and community leaders to adjust the recommendations. They are considering more than just student achievement.

In a statement, school officials say, "Since November, we have received requests from the public to do further analysis of closure recommendations and to consider other schools in the area, including Wendell Phillips Elementary. We are carefully considering many factors including academic achievement, enrollment, location and building conditions as we decide which schools to recommend for closure.”

Ultimately it’s up to the board to decide on the master plan. The revised master plan will be presented Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

School board members will then vote on the plan at their Feb. 24 meeting.

If the school does close, the students will be moved to other schools in the district. Until then people in the community hope to convince the school not to mess with success.