The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors approved the KCPS Master Plan on February 24th, 2016. 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 size 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 ½ mile from their school (currently transportation service is only provided to those who live more than 1.5 miles from their school).
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 has formed transition teams at high-impact schools across the district. High-impact schools are defined as schools receiving 25% or more new students in the 2016-17 academic year as a result of the Master Plan. Transition teams are comprised of parents, students, staff, and community members. The teams work to ensure a smooth transition and integration of all students. The teams are committed to welcoming new families, easing student concerns, and creating a cohesive culture.
Starting their work in the spring of 2016, transition teams have already organized events, sent home flyers/postcards, called incoming families, and worked on other transition priorities. Transition teams will continue to function throughout the 2016-17 school year.
Would you like to be involved with a transition team? Call 816-418-7506 and you will be directed to the appropriate team.
Schools with transition teams include:
Phillips at Attucks