KC Public Schools officials offer master plan for district

Officials for Kansas City Public Schools rolled out their master plan for the district on Wednesday night, calling for student, teacher and administrator moves and a new district-sponsored charter school.

The plan calls for moving the students, teachers and administrators who make up Wendell Phillips Elementary School into the building that is Crispus Attucks Elementary, a school that district officials for now are calling Phillips at Attucks.

The Phillips building would become a district-sponsored charter school — Kansas City Neighborhood Academy — backed by the Urban Neighborhood Initiative and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Also, the district’s budget-neutral plan calls for the African-Centered Preparatory Academy to function as a comprehensive neighborhood school.

The plan also would:

▪ Close Southwest Early College Campus and Satchel Paige Elementary School.

▪ Reconfigure school attendance boundaries.

▪ Reduce the distances students walk to school.

▪ Reduce the numbers of students per classroom phased in over two years.

▪ Implement college and career pathways for high schools.

▪ Phase in, over two years, year-round school for four of the lowest-performing elementary schools starting with Benjamin Banneker Elementary in June 2017.

The school board will vote on the plan Feb. 24.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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