The Kansas City, Kansas School District’s Board of Education met Tuesday evening, Feb. 12. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were:
- Considered swapping real estate with Community Housing of Wyandotte County to relocate McKinley Elementary School, which needs a newer building and room to grow. According to a report from Superintendent Cynthia Lane:
In order to provide the size of the school needed with required parking allocations for staff and visitors, and for required soft and hard playground areas, a larger lot is required. … The property located at 14th and Armstrong, approximately 1.5 blocks north of the existing school, keeps the school in the same neighborhood and provides enough land to build the school to capacity that will support the expected growth in the area.
- Considered approving memorandums of understanding with the University of Kansas Medical Center and United Way of Wyandotte County to cooperate in offering services funded by a $2.9 million grant from Project SPARK (Successful Partnerships to Assure Readiness for Kindergarten). The services would include:
Preschool for 3- to 4-year-old children;
Coaching for teachers and home providers;
Curriculum to teach self regulation in support of school readiness;
Literacy skill training for parents and family members;
Mental health services for children, families and educators; and
Health care for children and families to ensure kindergarten readiness.
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