The Kansas City, Kansas School District’s Board of Education met Wednesday evening, Feb. 27. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were:
- Considering signing an agreement to swap real estate with Community Housing of Wyandotte County to provide a new site for McKinley Elementary School. According to the agenda:
McKinley elementary school continues to grow and the student population within the identified boundaries for the school is exceeding the schools capacity, resulting in students having to be bused to neighboring schools. In addition, the school was built in 1924 and no longer provides the space requirements for all aspects of school, including physical education, music and cafeteria services. The facility itself is simply not conducive for a 21st Century learning environment, and it is recommended that a new facility replace the existing school.
Because it is a growing community, it is recommended that we continue to value the neighborhood school. Meaning that having the opportunity to build a school within the community that will meet the needs of students, parents and staff is imperative.
Why it is important
In working with Community Housing Wyandotte County (CHWC), they have a 2.5 acre piece of property approximately 1.5 blocks North of the existing school that is vacant and already has completed much of the grading work and preparation for construction. The agreement between CHWC and the Board would allow for the beginning of the construction of a new school in the area, no tax increase to our patrons, while at the same time allowing our students to continue to attend the existing school throughout the process. …
What action we want the Board to consider
Approve the agreement with CHWC to exchange the two properties so that planning and development of a new school can begin immediately with an anticipated completion date of August 2014.
- Consideration of a low bid for demolishing Hazel Grove Elementary School. According to the agenda:
Construction of the new Hazel Grove Elementary school is currently underway adjacent to the current school. Demolition is necessary to clear the old structure to make way for the bus loop, parking and required landscaping for the new building.
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