When considering the matter of permanently closing, consolidating or reorganizing schools, it is the
intent and desire of the Kansas City, Missouri School District to provide students with high quality
academic opportunities in a supportive educational atmosphere, ensure maintenance and
enhancement of program options, and accommodate demographic demands and financial constraints.
I. School Closings, Consolidations and Reorganizations for Non-Academic Reasons
A school may be closed, consolidated or reorganized for any reason including, but not
limited to, the following non-academic reasons:
A. Space Utilization Level. The space available at a school or schools in close
proximity is not being used in the most efficient, cost-effective manner; or
B. Physical Condition of Building. The physical condition of the school building(s),
including the cost to repair safety hazards and make structural changes necessary to
ensure compliance with all city, state and federal laws, makes continued operation
of the site cost-prohibitive or continued occupancy of the site unsafe or impractical;
C. Alternative Use of School Facilities. A school may be closed to allow the facilities
to be used for other programmatic/educational purposes, for support services, to open
a new school, or to expand an existing school.
II. School Closings, Consolidations and Reorganizations Due to a Need for Change in
The district may determine that a school closure, consolidation or reorganization is necessary
to address the educational needs of students by affecting any of the following changes at the
A. Implementation of new curriculum and/or instructional programs;
B. Extensive reassignment of school faculty and staff; or
C. Transformation of educational focus, which may result in significant change in the
The determination of the duration of a school’s closure will be based upon the time needed
to implement the changes in educational focus. A school closed pursuant to this Section II
may re-open as an entirely new school.
III. Process for School Closings, Consolidations and Reorganizations
The superintendent shall convene a public meeting to elicit comment regarding the proposed
action. The superintendent or a designee shall issue procedures for the conduct of the public
meeting to address proposals to close, consolidate or reorganize schools. Before the public
meeting, the superintendent or his or her staff will review pupil enrollment data for the
current school year and prepare three-year enrollment projections for all schools affected by
the proposed action. In addition, before any school closing, consolidation or reorganization
is proposed, the superintendent’s staff shall prepare an impact analysis setting forth:
A. Possible alternatives to the proposed action, including maintenance of the status quo,
along with the projected impact that each alternative would have on each school
affected by such action.
The enrollment projections, impact analysis and verification of the public hearing will be
provided prior to its consideration of a proposed school closing, consolidation or
After approval of any school closing, consolidation or reorganization, the superintendent
shall be responsible for the orderly closing, consolidation or reorganization of the school.
IV. Reassignment of Students upon School Closing, Consolidations and Reorganizations
A. When a school is closed for non-academic reasons or due to a change in educational
focus, the students will be reassigned to a school or schools with available space that
can meet their educational needs.
B. Students may apply for enrollment at a school or schools other than the school to
which they are reassigned as provided in paragraph A above, subject to space
availability and the admissions criteria of such school(s).
D. If a school closing requires that the attendance boundaries of any school receiving
students be redrawn, they shall be redrawn pursuant to applicable Board policies.
V. Reassignment of Appointed Teachers Assigned to Closed, Consolidated or Reorganized
Regularly certified and appointed teachers and other employees at schools closed,
consolidated or reorganized pursuant to this policy, shall become reassigned teachers
pursuant to the applicable Employee Handbook provisions.
VI. Local School Councils at Closed, Consolidated or Reorganized Schools
Local school councils at schools that are closed, consolidated or reorganized for any reason
shall be dissolved when the school closes.
Planning Commission Submission
The district will submit any building closing proposal to the planning commission that has adopted
a city plan pursuant to Missouri law. If the commission does not approve the district’s proposal, the
administration will determine if it is in the district’s best interest to consider an override of the
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.
Cross Refs: DN, Surplus School property
GCI, Professional Staff Assignments and Transfers
GCPA, Reduction in Professional Staff Work Force
GDI, Support Staff Assignments and Transfers
GDPD, Nonrenewal, Suspension and Termination of Support Staff Members
JCB, Intradistrict Transfers
MSIP Refs: 8.10
Legal Refs: §§ 89.300 - .491, 168.124, 177.073, .091, RSMo.
School Dist. of Springfield R-12 v. City of Springfield, 174 S.W.3d 653 (Mo. Ct.
App. S.D. 2005)
Gov. Refs: Ends – 1.4
Authority of Superintendent – 3.3
Limitations – 4.0-4.4, 4.6, 4.7
Kansas City 33 School District, Kansas City, Missouri
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