June 4 and 11 events are a chance for public to learn more and provide feedback.
Kansas City, May 31, 2018: All Kansas City Public Schools stakeholders are invited and encouraged to learn more and contribute input about the Board of Directors (School Board) redistricting process during two upcoming public engagement meetings:
6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Manual Career and Technical Center (1215 E. Truman Rd., KCMO)
6:30 p.m. Monday, June 11 at the KCPS BOE (2901 Troost Ave., KCMO)
In April of 2019, the School Board will be reduced from nine to seven members. This will bring the School Board in line with state law. The current School Board includes six sub-district members and three at-large. The new Board will be comprised of five members representing sub-districts and two at-large members. To accommodate that change, the sub-district boundaries will be redrawn.
This redistricting process is being planned and carried out by consultants hired by the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners. The consultants are holding a series of presentations and engagement meetings with the public in order to share proposed new sub-district boundaries and gather feedback. The consultants will then make final recommendations and the Election Board is scheduled to approve the new School Board sub-district boundaries by the end of August. All seven School Board seats will be open for the April 2019 municipal elections.
The Election Board voted on May 17 to winnow down an initial set of six proposed new School Board sub-districts to three draft maps. Those maps can be viewed below. Public feedback on these drafts is being sought at engagement meetings this summer. Input can also be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Election Commission at (816) 842-4820.
Draft Redistricting Maps:
It is very important that KCPS parents and other stakeholders participate in the Election Board's engagement process in order to learn more about the proposed sub-district boundaries and contribute input. The final boundaries will have a significant impact on the composition of the new School Board.
Public participation in the redistricting process will help ensure that all community members are represented with equity.
Visit www.kcpublicschools.org/boardredistrict for information and updates about this process.