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On January 25, 2023, the KCPS Board of Directors approved Blueprint 2030 – a strategic plan to guide the district over the next seven years.  A component of Blueprint 2030 includes plans for a bond to fund renovations, new facility construction, and school replacements.  The King/Weeks site has been designated as a priority location for a new construction elementary school contingent upon bond approval.  As such, the King/Weeks site is being held for future KCPS use.

Due to the condition of the King/Weeks buildings, public health, and safety concerns, KCPS will be moving forward to demolish the existing structures and hold the site as green space until bond plans are finalized. Abatement/demolition are expected to take place in Summer/Fall 2023. Community members tend an orchard in the southeast section of the grounds. During both demolition and future school site planning, these stakeholders should be engaged to determine if the orchard can remain on-site or if it should be relocated to another site.

KCPS attended the March 2023 Oak Park Neighborhood Association meeting to share plans for the new King Elementary and how community members can get involved (3/2/23 Oak Park SlideDeck). See below for a full schedule:

Planning for a new King Elementary School
November 2022: Conceptual designs/cost estimates
March 2023-Spring 2024: Bond planning
Summer-Fall 2023: Abatement & demolition of existing buildings
Fall 2023-Winter 2024: School design/program planning with community stakeholders
April 2024: Bond vote
Spring/Summer 2024: Construction commences (contingent on voter support for bond)
Fall 2026: School opens

King/Weeks At A Glance

Year Built: 1968
Square Feet: 78,016 (Weeks)/128,370 (King)
Acreage: 20
Zoning: B1-1, B3-2, M1-5, R-2.5
Neighborhood: Oak Park
Historic Designation: Not Determined
New Markets Tax Credit: Eligible
CCED Sales Tax: Eligible
Year Closed: 2010 (Weeks)/2014 (King)

King/Weeks Floor Plans
King/Weeks 2022 Public Meeting Notes
King/Weeks - KCMO CPD Comment Letter - 2022
King/Weeks Site Profile



KCPS closed the Weeks building in 2010 as part of the Rightsizing process. The King building remained open until 2014 when it was closed due to declining building conditions and the students were relocated to the former Kansas City Middle School of the Arts (KCMSA) building on the shared campus with Paseo Academy. At the time the school was relocated, the district advised the community that it would demolish the building and retain the site to build a new elementary school so that King Elementary could return to its original location. In 2016, the site (land only) was added to the mothballed list as part of the Master Plan, and it was designated as a candidate for demolition.


In early 2022, the King/Weeks site was moved to the surplus list. KCPS attended the Oak Park Neighborhood Association meeting on June 2, 2022 to share information about the repurposing process for King/Weeks and to collect community feedback on the redevelopment of the site (see posted meeting notes for details). Block Real Estate Services (BRES) marketed the site on behalf of KCPS and hosted a public site tour on June 30. One proposal was received, however, no action was taken on the proposal as KCPS determined that the King/Weeks site is a strategic asset during the Blueprint 2030 process, and it was recommended that it be moved to the mothballed list and retained for future use.

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