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UPDATE: KCMO Board of Education to Consider Re-opening 2 Closed Buildings As Alternative Schools

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The Kansas City, Missouri School District’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight’s agenda is devoted to the routine responsibilities of governance. However, also on the agenda is a list of business the board will attend to at their second meeting later this month, and one of those items is a proposal to re-open two closed buildings.

Later this month, Superintendent R. Stephen Green will propose that the board spend $4.2 million to re-open two buildings as alternative schools. One — to be located at the former Knotts Elementary, 7301 Jackson Ave. — will be known as Success Academy at Knotts. And the other — to be located at the former Anderson Annex, 1601 Forest — will be known as Success Academy at Anderson. Previously the district partnered with ACE Learning Centers of St. Louis to educate students at risk of dropping out. Two years ago, the school board voted to close about half the district’s schools — including Knotts and Anderson — in the wake of dwindling enrollment and a $50 million budget shortfall.

Other business this evening includes a student achievement and accreditation report. The district is currently seeking to regain accreditation.

The Kansas City, Missouri school board meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in Suite 1009; 1211 McGee St.; Kansas City, MO 64106. Their next meeting will take place Wednesday, June 27.

NOTE: Names of the two proposed schools, the address of Success Academy at Anderson and the reasons the district closed about half its schools have been updated from a version of this story published earlier.

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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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