The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors approved the recommendations developed for the new KCPS Master Plan during its meeting Wednesday, Feb. 24. The goal of the Master Plan is to ensure that KCPS is using its limited resources as effectively and efficiently as possible in order to give our students the best opportunity to succeed in reaching their college and career dreams.

The Master Plan will allow KCPS to provide improved academic resources and options such as smaller class sizes for grades K-2, year-round school at four elementary schools, more electives and college and career pathways at the high schools, additional extra- and co-curricular activities, facilities improvements, and providing transportation services for all students who live more than a half-mile from their school (currently, transportation service is provided to those who live more than 1.5 miles from their school). Students, parents and guardians, staff and community members are encouraged to take time to read through the plan as it was presented to the School Board.

Making this plan a reality requires KCPS to make some challenging decisions, including attendance boundary changes for many schools, the closure of Satchel Paige Elementary School and Southwest Early College Campus, the relocation of Wendell Phillips Elementary School to Crispus Attucks Elementary campus, the restructuring of African-Centered Prep Elementary School to accommodate students up through eighth grade, and creation of a school within a school model (African-Centered school within a neighborhood school) at the Southeast High campus.

KCPS is contacting parents individually to address how these changes will impact their children and to share plans to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible. Interim Superintendent Al Tunis and his team have already been hard at work developing plans to make this a positive experience for every student, parent and guardian, staff member and administrator. Parents and guardians can visit www.kcpublicschools.org/FindYourSchool to check which school their children will attend under the Master Plan based on their current addresses. Parents and guardians can learn more by visiting www.kcpublicschools.org/MasterPlan or emailing masterplan@kcpublicschools.org.

DOWNLOAD: Master Plan Recommendations Summary