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Park Hill Board of Education to Meet Thursday Evening

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

The Park Hill School District’s Board of Education is meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

In addition to more routine items on the agenda, such as approving construction bids and hearing a presentation on the district’s School Safety and Crisis Response plan, board members will have a full schedule.

Two significant items on the agenda are taking action on a resolution authorizing the district to sell school bonds and hearing a report about public responses to the redistricting survey.

Last spring, district voters approved $49.5 million in bond sales. The district has already sold $10 million of this amount. Next month, district administrators plan to sell the remaining $39.5 million in bonds. Using this money, the district plans to pay for improving and renovating existing buildings, construction of additional class space at both high schools and Congress Middle School as well as construction of the new elementary school.

Because the new elementary will open next spring, it was necessary to design new attendance areas for all elementary schools. A redistricting committee identified two options to present to the public for comment. Community members provided almost 900 responses online and at three public meetings. Many responses reflect concerns about dividing neighborhoods and subdivisions into different attendance areas. Another theme is requests for fifth-grade students to be allowed to finish their elementary education at the schools where they are currently enrolled. Still other families want to minimize changes for all students or do not want their children to change schools. Others want to avoid having their children attend Southeast Elementary, which has not fared well on state standardized tests. Many community members also commented favorably on the redistricting plans.

Park Hill’s board meeting, which is open to the public, is taking 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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