KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The clock is ticking on the Kansas City Missouri School District as it prepares to lose its provisional accreditation on January 1 – freeing students to transfer to surrounding school districts. But those transfers may not happen, as Kansas City Mayor Sly James wants to delay any transfers until next year.
James’ office says that there needs to be a consensus between the KCMOSD and outlying districts before moving forward, and that the mayor plans on being in Jefferson City on January 1 to propose his plan to lawmakers.
On Tuesday, James met with Independence School District superintendent Jim Hinson, who says that he expressed his concerns over how many students his district would take, and who would foot the bill. Hinson says that the challenge is how to make the policies of various school districts align. On Wednesday, the KCMO School Board will move to approve its new transfer policy, which Hinson says is a good jumping off point.
“Then we’ll be able to compare, does the interpretation of the statutes from the KC district and from the Independence School District, do those interpretations align or are we going to be at odds with each other?” said Hinson.
The KCMOSD says that until it regains its provisional or full accreditation, it will pay transportation costs for KCMO students to four local districts – North Kansas City, Independence, Center and Raytown.