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Park Hill Board of Education to Meet This Evening

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Illustration Credit: 123rf stock image | Logo Credit: Park Hill School District

The Park Hill School District’s Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.

Although it appears that Scott Springston has accepted the board’s contract offer and will be Park Hill’s new superintendent, the district has not officially announced his hiring, and it is unclear whether he will be present at tonight’s meeting.

In addition to more routine items on the agenda, such as considering the purchase of maintenance vehicles and overseeing personnel changes, board members will hear several reports from district administrators.

Assistant Superintendent Paul Kelly will provide two reports. First he will discuss projected demographic and enrollment changes. Later in the meeting, he will describe the redistricting process required to assign students to the new elementary school currently under construction.

Also during the meeting, representatives of the Hollis + Miller architectural firm will update the board about progress on construction projects funded by 2011 school bond sales.

During his presentation, Kelly will project enrollment trends for the next decade. Those trends show a need for more classroom space due to increasing numbers of students, with existing schools beginning to exceed capacity in three or four years, despite the opening of a new elementary building next fall.

In another report, Kelly will explain the redistricting committee’s efforts to equitably assign students to that new elementary. One key issue for the committee to take into account is balancing enrollment among all buildings, taking projected enrollment changes into account. The committee must consider transportation needs and keeping students from the same subdivision together.  Another important consideration is attempting to minimize the number of children who must change schools.

During their presentation, Hollis + Miller representatives will update board members on renovation and expansion of Congress Middle and Park Hill High School. Improvements at the middle school include more space for band, science, speech and publications classes. And improvements at the high school include additional rooms for classes (including science labs), expanding the cafeteria and renovating counseling office space.

Park Hill’s board meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the district’s Education Center; 7703 N.W. Barry Road; Kansas City, MO 64153.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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