Welcome to Hale Cook Elementary School at Hartman!
 
The Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) is excited to relaunch the Hale Cook Elementary School program.
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For the 2013-2014 school year, Hale Cook will be housed within Hartman Elementary, and serve nearly 30 students in kindergarten and first grade. The program is sharing a campus with its sister school, Hartman Elementary, while renovations take place at the Hale Cook school building, 7302 Pennsylvania Ave.

The Hale Cook at Hartman program is a school-within-a-school concept. Students (kindergarten only) attend classes taught by a dedicated Hale Cook teacher. In addition, students are also able to participate in specialty classes (art, music, physical education, computer science, library science) and lunch with the regular Hartman school community.

Construction and/or renovation work at the Hale Cook building is expected to take place during the 2013-2014 school year. Students enrolled in the Hale Cook program, or who otherwise live within the school's attendance boundary, would then attend classes at the Hale Cook school building for the 2014-2015 school year.

For additional information, please review our frequently asked questions below.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Why is KCPS re-opening this closed school?
A: KCPS is re-opening Hale Cook, 7302 Pennsylvania Ave., after receiving a three-year groundswell of support from families in that community for a neighborhood elementary school. Led by the Friends of Hale Cook community group, KCPS has been able to recruit and enroll enough students to populate the first classroom for the program.

Q: What grade levels will Hale Cook serve?
A: For the 2013-2014 school year, Hale Cook will serve students in kindergarten and first grade. Those students will attend classes at Hartman Elementary until renovations are made to the Hale Cook building. For the 2014-2015 school year, Hale Cook will serve students in kindergarten through second grade.

Q: What does enrollment mean at this point?
A: Students who enroll in the Hale Cook program will attend Hartman Elementary until the renovations of the Hale Cook campus are complete (see below). Hale Cook students will have their own classrooms at Hartman, but would be invited to participate in any school-wide events the Hartman school community hosts.

Q: Who is the principal of the Hale Cook program, and who is the kindergarten teacher?
A: The day-to-day operations of the Hale Cook at Hartman program are overseen by Dr. Jessie Kirksey, the long-time principal of Hartman Elementary. The dedicated kindergarten teacher is Amanda Buffalow. First-grade students do not have a dedicated teacher, as there were not enough students enrolled in the program to warrant an additional teacher.

Q: How many students will be placed in a classroom?
A: The student-to-teacher ratio, as well as all staffing requirements, for Hale Cook will be determined by standard KCPS procedures. However, as a growing program, Hale Cook will gradually build toward meeting those requirements as its enrollment increases.

Q: What are the attendance boundaries for Hale Cook?
A: The proposed attendance boundaries are included below the FAQs. Beginning next year, the program will only accept students who live within the school's attendance boundaries.

Q: When will Hale Cook students move into the facility?
A: The Hale Cook school building will open for the 2014-2015 school year. The first phase of construction and/or renovation will occur during the 2013-2014 school year. Appropriate upgrades to HVAC units and classrooms will be made.