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26 Schools Will Close
March 11, 2010
On March 10, 2010, the Kansas City school board voted 5-4 to close 26 schools as recommended by new superintendent John Covington in his "Right Sizing Plan." The closings will reduce the number of school...
A 'Whirlwind' is Coming
May 7, 2009
Article profiles John Covington who was chosen unanimously to be the new Superintendant of Schools for the Kansas City School District. Covington comes to Kansas City from Pueblo, Colorado, and is a graduate...
A New Look for Troost, DeLaSalle
June 8, 2011
The DeLaSalle Education Center broke ground for the addition of a 1,600-square-foot building that will contain a library, early childhood center, experiential learning classrooms, and a new printing shop....
A Report Card on Local Schools
September 18, 2011
The annual publication of the performance reports of Missouri public school districts included charter schools for the first time. A chart, "Scoring Area Schools," lists standards met by Cass, Clay, Jackson,...
Accreditation Is Lost
September 21, 2011
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has stripped the Kansas City, Missouri, School District of its accreditation. The change in status takes place January 1, 2012. If the district...
ACE Backers Stage Protest
April 14, 2012
On Friday, April 13, 2012, “the founders of Kansas City’s African-centered education program summoned all the campus’s children, staff and its drum corps to rally against the school district’s...
Annexation Efforts Proceed
August 29, 2007
Independence, Missouri, school board "voted to put on the Nov. 6 ballot the plan to acquire seven schools that are now in the Kansas City district...." The schools in question include Van Horn High School,...
Catholic High School in Independence to Close
January 25, 2013
Article announces that St. Mary's High School in Independence will close following the 2012-2013 academic year. Parents of students and school officials are interviewed and describe their reactions. Factors...
Classmates Remember White Flight
October 13, 2013
Article records details of a reunion of former students who attended the Sanford B. Ladd School from 1950 - 1957. Attendees are interviewed and describe how the school was changed following the desegregation...
Despite Deep Cuts, KC Still Strained
May 15, 2012
Article reports on the ongoing financial difficulties of the Kansas City Missouri School District. Despite deep cuts to the budget and jobs over the last four years, more trimming may be necessary. The...
District Walks Fine Line in Reopening an Icon
December 3, 2007
The Kansas City School District is planning to open an early college school focused on math and science in the former Southwest High School building. "It will provide a college-level curriculum that will...
District's Learning as It Sells Schools
June 9, 2009
Article reports on efforts by the Kansas City, Missouri, School District to sell several vacant properties. The Old Faxon, Bancroft, and Norman school buildings have been sold and negotiations are underway...
March 5, 2011
Area schools are implementing a new educational program known as Expeditionary Learning, where classes focus on lessons in reading, math, science, and social studies on a particular topic that has connections...
Families Ponder Return to KC District
April 19, 2013
Article describes an effort by parents living in Southwestern Kansas City and Kansas City School District officials to reopen the Hale H. Cook for elementary-aged students beginning in the fall of 2014....
High-Tech High School on the Drawing Board
March 3, 2008
The Kansas City School District and industry partners are planning an engineering and construction academy that would be a "complete high school adhering to state academic standard." The first phase of...
Hope Seen in School Dispute
April 15, 2015
“The Stowers Foundation has pledged to cover $2 million in start-up costs if Academie Lafayette and the Kansas City Public Schools can agree on a partnership at Southwest Early College Campus.”
Induction Won't Be Debated
May 13, 2009
Jane Rinehart, debate coach for Central High School, is the inaugural inductee into the Debate-Kansas City Hall of Fame. Rinehart has taught at the school for the past 13 years and is a strong advocate...
Interim Leader Is Named
September 1, 2011
In the wake of school superintendent Covington's resignation, which took everyone by surprise, the school board moved quickly and within a week had appointed an interim superintendent. Steve Green, the...
Kauffman Rings The School Bell
September 12, 2011
"After years of studying and experimenting in education, the Kauffman Foundation is opening its own school with a hundred fifth-graders." The school is temporarily located in a Westport building, but plans...
KC Board Approves School Changes
April 26, 2007
The Kansas City School Board agreed by a 5-2 vote to phase out most of the district's middle schools. Superintendent Anthony Amato has pushed the phase out in favor of neighborhood elementary schools serving...
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