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Kansas City public schools vote on plan to close schools


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Public School Board of Education members are expected to make a decision Wednesday night that will impact hundreds of students and their families.

Board members plan to vote on the district’s 2030 Blueprint plan. The plan is to showcase what the district hopes to achieve in the coming years.

The district first introduced the plan, which involved closing as many as 10 schools. The plan affected many parents and community members.

The district held a series of community meetings on the 2030 Blueprint plan. Based on the feedback from those meetings, the district reached a compromise.

The updated plan would close just two schools, Longfellow and Troost Elementary Schools. The district said they are two of the oldest schools in the district and enrollment has been declining there.

The plan is to keep the other eight schools on the list open. To pay for the buildings, the Kansas City School Board is considering asking taxpayers to approve a bond measure.

The district also has a goal to increase Kansas City school enrollment by 4,000 students over the next seven years.

The most impactful goals of Blueprint 2030 are the academic and graduation goals set by the school district. That means improving overall test scores, graduation rates, and student engagement.

The school board will meet in executive session beginning at 5:30pm Wednesday evening. The board will vote on Blueprint 2030 during the public part of the meeting which is expected to start at 6.30pm

The meeting will be held at the district headquarters at 2901 Troost Avenue. Seating is limited and the district expects a large crowd to attend the meeting.

More information about Blueprint 2030 is available online at kcpublicschools.org.

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