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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.

Five people stand in the KCPS boardroom. They are smiling as one receives an award.

At the Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Board of Education meeting, three KCPS employees were recognized as “Terrific Teammates” for their contributions to their school communities.

A banner showing smiling children with the words "Enroll now for fall!"

Current KCPS students will automatically “roll up” to the next grade, and no action is required from parents/guardians at this time. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment, as this will cause processing delays.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

With guidance from our trusted community health partners, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and administration agreed on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to end our mask mandate, effective immediately.

students in a bright, colorful classroom work on computers

On Jan. 29, 2022, 42 students from East High School, Lincoln College Prep and Lincoln Middle School competed against students from four other districts and three charter schools in the 2022 PREP-KC Math Relays. KCPS won 41 of 98 awards!


Repurposing School Site Status

What's New?


On April 18, Urban Neighborhood Initiative’s (UNI) presented information about its 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. A copy of UNI’s 4/18/22 proposal presentation can be viewed HERE. Based on feedback received during/after the meeting, we have scheduled a follow-up meeting to provide additional information and to provide another opportunity to share your feedback.

On May 23, join us to learn more about UNI’s proposed programming, services and community benefits, as well as an opportunity to hear from prospective tenants. 

Monday, May 23, 2022 @ 6PM
Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 998 824 0800
Via Phone:  +1 312 626 6799

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.


KCPS is pleased to share with you that the Greenwood Senior Apartments project has been awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). With this funding secured, Missouri Housing Partners, an affiliate of Fulson Housing Group, can move forward with an exciting project that will build a 3-story, 49-unit mixed income senior apartments development and dedicate land to the South Round Top Neighborhood Association (SRTNA) for community use. 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


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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