Kansas City, Nov. 1, 2017: The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors voted 6-2 to approve the reopening of Lincoln Middle School during its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Lincoln Middle was closed in 2010 as part of the school system’s “right-sizing” process that included shutting down 21 buildings. At the Board’s Oct. 26 meeting, Superintendent Mark Bedell presented the reasons why his administration is recommending that Lincoln Middle be reopened.
There are about 1,045 students in grades six through 12 in Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, which is beyond the school’s capacity. KCPS has determined there is demand in the community to enroll more students at both the high school and middle school levels.
Lincoln Prep is a selective and demanding International Baccalaureate school that produces graduates who go on to attend some the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities and to become leaders in their professions. The school earned a federal Blue Ribbon designation and is ranked as the most challenging in Missouri by The Washington Post.
Moving sixth, seventh and eighth graders to the middle school – which is located across 22nd Street from Lincoln Prep – will alleviate over-crowding and facilitate increased enrollment at both schools. It will also give faculty members more opportunities to provide grade-appropriate educational experiences.
It is projected that reopening Lincoln Middle will require up to $16.3 million for design and construction work, and $2.5 million for staffing and operations (including one-time costs). The school is scheduled to relaunch in August 2019.
In order to promote equity and increase student achievement across KCPS, Dr. Bedell is allocating a $2.2-million investment for additional teachers and support staff at Central and Northeast middle schools. That will include a Project Lead the Way teacher, elective teacher, math and reading interventionists, social work and family support, a behavior support interventionist and guidance counselors.
KCPS will continue to explore the possibility of opening a middle school south of Brush Creek in order to promote equity across the district and to address the needs of families living in that area.