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Mara Rose Williams
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 High School That Lost Its Value
Discusses the demise of Southwest High School.
A Neighborhood School Fighting to Stay Open
December 4-10, 1997
Discusses the challenges and successes of students, faculty, and staff at East High School.
A School Farm in City: The New East High Has 30 Acres and $10,000 Greenhouse
Article with photos about the opening of the new East High School at 20th and Van Brunt Boulevards.
A Switzer History
Article about "the oldest of Kansas City's public schools still in use" at 1829 Madison Street. Old building of the complex to possibly be saved as a "historic centerpiece between the two magnet schools."...
Accepting the Differences to Make a Difference
Discusses programs within the Kansas City School District to accommodate the needs of disabled students.
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...
African Centered Schools to Announce Plans for New Campus
April 27-May3, 2007
The Kansas City (MO)) School District's African Centered Education (ACE) schools are hosting a festival April 29 to announce the consolidation of three schools: J. S. Chick, Sanford B. Ladd and Dr. J....
Always Moving, Always Changing
February 23, 2014
Interview with Yvonne S. Wilson, former director of education for the Kansas City School District and Missouri state representative for the 42nd District. Wilson responds to questions regarding her involvement...
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,...
Arts High School Finds Site in Downtown KC
May 2, 2008
The Kansas City School of the Arts, scheduled to open in August 2008, is negotiating the purchase of two buildings in downtown Kansas City. The buildings at 911-915 Broadway are located in the historic...
Benjamin Franklin Closing Nov. 8
Notice of the closing the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School at 1325 Washington Street, with students being transferred to Switzer Elementary School at 1829 Madison Street.
Berenice Maxine Turner Pryor, A Longtime Teacher
February 15, 2011
Tribute to Berenice Pryor (Mackie) who taught in the Kansas City school district for 42 years mostly in the second grade. Schools where she taught included Yates, Greenwood and Pershing elementary schools...
Bingham Middle School
March 26, 2008
Bingham Middle School, located in the Waldo area and vacant for a long time, is currently used by the Kansas City School District as a warehouse. Neighborhood sports teams lease the school's athletic fields....
Article describes an automated telephone message created in part by local political pundit Rich Nadler prior to the November 2002 election. The message, which was sent to some Kansas City voters, included...
Board Approves K-8 System
April 27-May 3, 2007
The Kansas City School Board by a 5-2 margin approved a reorganization plan which calls for all elementary schools to be pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade by 2009. Several African American School Board...
Can This Man Save the Kansas City, Missouri School District?
Discusses the work of school superintendent Benjamin E. Demps, Jr.
Changes to KCMSD Sub-District Lines Proposed
May 22-28, 2008
Article describes concern by members of the Hispanic community about proposed restructuring of the Kansas City Metropolitan School District. The redistricting was made necessary by the transfer of several...
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