A recent shutdown of more than two dozen Kansas City, Missouri Public schools was called "right-sizing" which is kind of ironic given that everything associated with the plan has gone wrong.
It’s really just the latest foible in the history of a School District that has become the biggest embarrassment and determent to KCMO growth.
Recent headlines regarding The Southwest High School Campus have continued to scare white people from the suburbs and made it seem like the KCMSD is some kind of urban war zone. That’s not too far from reality but doesn’t take into account that this downward spiral has taken place over the course of a generation.
Student arson, violence and administrative turmoil are the current buzzwords regarding the so many headlines this week. But I’ve found yet another piece of local school District fail that’s worth identifying.
To be fair, there is a "repurposer" who hopes to make something out of these somewhat iconic structures that threaten to turn into nothing more than neat looking blight in local neighborhoods. But so far there hasn’t been a lot of progress. Right now there’s neither the cash for more community centers nor the will to convert old school buildings in the urban core.
So the "architecturally amazing" structures are simply crumbling more quickly than anybody could imagine and turning into yet another EXPENSIVE problem facing Kansas City Schools.