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Congratulations to Dr. Jimmie Bullard, Bridgette Crutchfield and Romanda Franklin-Hamilton! These principals were recognized as Outstanding Administrators at the June 8, 2022, KCPS Board of Directors meeting.

Lincoln Prep Debaters Compete Nationally

Nadia Richard finished as a semi-finalist in Student Congress at the NCFL Grand National Tournament. Sophia Herrera is the reigning back-to-back Debate Kansas City Congressional Champion.

Three women who are nurses wearing black shirts that say "making a difference' with the KCPS logo.

KCPS rolled out the red carpet for National Nurses Week, clapping and cheering for our school nurses as they arrived at the Board of Education for their appreciation lunch.

KCPS orchestra students perform at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

"In schools, children need to have a place of belonging. They need to know they're accepted. They have to find their niche, that thing they’re good at,” said KCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier.


Repurposing School Site Status

What's New?


Block Real Estate Services is currently marketing five (5) closed school sites on behalf of KCPS. Tours of each site will be held June 27-July 1. Due to site conditions, interested parties will need to register in advance. Proposals for King/Weeks and Scarritt are due in September 2022. Proposals for Askew, Meservey and Pershing will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scroll down to the building thumbnails below to find out more information about each of the sites.

For proposal requirements, check out our Offering Guidelines.


Join us at an on-site meeting to learn about and share your feedback on the Greenwood Senior Apartments updated site plan and to help finalize the terms of the Benefits Agreement. Note: the project is scheduled to go to the City Plan Commission (CPC) on June 21, so be sure to attend so you can share your feedback in advance of the CPC hearing.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 6PM

Greenwood School Site, 3711 E. 27th St

In case of inclement weather – meeting will be moved to KCPS Board of Education, 2901 Troost Ave

For more information about the project, go HERE.


Urban Neighborhood Initiative’s (UNI) has submitted a proposal to purchase the former Wendell Phillips/KCNA School site, 2433 Vine Street, and convert the building into the Wendell Phillips Accelerator, a multi-use, multi-tenant facility. UNI has presented information about its proposal at two meetings:

4/18/22 presentation can be viewed HERE

5/23/22 presentation can be viewed HERE.

Please share your feedback on UNI’s proposal via a short survey:

Ladd School Sold for Mixed Use Redevelopment

On March 29, KCPS sold the Ladd School site, 3640 Benton Blvd, to an affiliate of LocalCodeKC for a mixed-use development, with a focus on health, wellness and long-term community ownership of the site. As part of the sale, KCPS, LocalCodeKC and the Oak Park Neighborhood Association entered into a Benefits Agreement to ensure that the redevelopment benefits KCPS stakeholders/local residents. To learn more about the redevelopment, go HERE.

KCPS and City Issue RFQ/P for DeLano School Site

KCPS and the KCMO Housing and Community Development Department are seeking a developer to repurposing the DeLano School site to provide housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness.  Responses are due on April 21. To review the RFQ/P, go HERE.

About Repurposing

The Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS), through its Repurposing Initiative, is taking an innovative and comprehensive approach to promoting the reuse/ redevelopment of 30 of its closed school sites. The Repurposing Initiative, which began as a yearlong community engagement and planning process to develop community-driven reuse strategies, has transitioned from planning into action. Guided by the community feedback and technical reuse assessments outlined in the reuse strategies, the KCPS is in the process of soliciting proposals and promoting opportunities to reposition these school sites so that they once again serve as valuable assets for the Kansas City community.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like to be informed of upcoming meetings, please contact us at

Interested in acquiring a closed school site?

KCPS is currently accepting proposals/offers for several closed school sites (see below) through Block Real Estate Services. All proposals/offers will be evaluated based on project feasibility, qualifications/track record, and consistency with community goals. Click here for proposal/offer requirements.

If you are interested in one of the district's Repurposing sites, please contact Aaron Mesmer ( or Christel Highland ( at Block Real Estate Services at (816) 756-1400 or contact the Repurposing office at or (816) 418-7725.

School Site Info

Askew School

Contact Us

Shannon Jaax, AICP - Consultant
Jesse Lange - Senior Planner
2901 Troost Ave,
Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 418-7725
(816) 418-7750(fax)

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