- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City officials have proposed closing a high school and two elementary schools as part of a master plan that will affect most of the district’s schools.

Kansas City Public Schools said at a board meeting Wednesday the proposal calls for closing the Southwest Early College Campus, and the Crispus Attucks and Satchel Paige elementary schools.

Officials say the closings will force about 2,000 students districtwide to change schools. District administrators say they have been discussing the plan for about two years and have received input from the community.

“This has been a thoughtful process. These are things that the community has asked for,” said district spokeswoman Eileen Houston-Stewart.

The district and the Academie Lafayette charter school had been working to try and reach a deal to jointly run Southwest, but talks ended in March.

The Kansas City Star reports (https://bit.ly/1Nu07xT ) the plan, which requires the board’s approval before going into effect in 2016, would also reconfigure school attendance boundaries, reduce the distance students walk to school and phase in year-round school for four of the lowest-performing elementary schools.

The proposed plan aims to raise student achievement by putting schools at the center of neighborhoods.

The Kansas City district, which had 14,228 students enrolled at the start of the school year, has been working toward improving performance to regain full state accreditation.

The Kansas City school board is set to vote on the plan in January after the district hears from the community during a series of public meetings. The first meeting is scheduled for Nov. 11.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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