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Kansas City, Kansas School District Board of Education Meeting — Tuesday, Feb. 12

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Illustration Credit: 123rf stock image

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Illustration Credit: 123rf stock image

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;
Home visits;
Transition Services;
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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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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