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Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

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Did you know that a student who misses just two days a month is chronically absent? Students who miss 10% of the school year are less likely to ready by third grade, achieve in middle school and graduate from high school.

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This survey is open to students, families, staff and our community. Together, we can build an equitable school district where students thrive socially, emotionally and academically.


Repurposing School Site Status

What's New?


Block Real Estate Services is currently marketing five (5) closed school sites on behalf of KCPS.  Proposals for King/Weeks and Scarritt are due on September 16, 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.


Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) has submitted a proposal to purchase the former Wendell Phillips/KCNA School site, 2433 Vine Street, and convert the building into a multi-use, multi-tenant facility, with a goal to engage, educate and enrich the residents of UNI’s neighboring communities.  The facility will include UNI offices and program space, as well as office and storage space for UNI’s ten affiliated neighborhood associations. 

At the September 14, 2022 board meeting, KCPS will consider entering into a sales contract with UNI.  If approved, a sale would be scheduled to occur before the end of 2022. 

UNI has presented information about its proposal at two public meetings:

4/18/22 presentation can be viewed HERE

5/23/22 presentation can be viewed HERE.


KCPS sold the former Greenwood site to Missouri Housing Partners (MHP) on July 28, 2022 for redevelopment of a mixed-income senior residential development. As part of the sale, KCPS, MHP and the South Round Top Neighborhood Association (SRTNA) entered into a Benefits Agreement which includes seed funding for neighborhood projects and minor home repair, as well as, SRTNA access to meeting space within the building.

For more information about the project, 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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