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SCHOOL CLOSINGS, CONSOLIDATIONS AND REORGANIZATIONS

 


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; or

 

            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 Educational Focus

 

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 site:

 

            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 student population.

 

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 reorganization.

 

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 Schools

 

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 commission’s decision.


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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.

 

Implemented: 07/01/2011

 

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


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