Kansas City superintendent proposes closing half of district's schools

Sunday, February 14, 2010 | 4:11 p.m. CST; updated 4:36 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 14, 2010

KANSAS CITY— The superintendent of the Kansas City School District has proposed closing half of its schools.

The plan from district leader John Covington also calls for redistributing grade levels and selling the downtown central office.

Covington presented his proposal Saturday to the school board.

The Kansas City Star reported that the proposed closure of about 30 schools comes as the district's population has shrunk from a peak of 75,000 students in the late 1960s to 17,000 today.

The district projects it needs to cut $40 million to $50 million from its budget for the upcoming school year.

A series of public forums are planned this week. Covington wants to present a final plan for a vote by the board at its Feb. 24 meeting.

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