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Section 162.492 of the Missouri Revised Statutes mandates that the Kansas City Public School Board be reduced from nine members to seven. The Statute further establishes that the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners shall serve as the Redistricting Commission. The reduction in number and the corresponding redistricting process must be completed before November 1, 2018.
In order to assist with this process, the Redistricting Commission engaged a bi-partisan team of consultants: Matthew Dameron of Williams Dirks & Dameron, Melissa Patterson-Hazley of Hazley and Associates and Edward Greim of Graves and Garrett LLC.
The Redistricting Commission and consulting team worked with the City Planning Department of Kansas City, Missouri to develop the six potential maps provided below. These maps will be reviewed by the Redistricting Commission at the noon meeting of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners on May 17, 2018.
The Redistricting Commission will then hold two public meetings to hear public comment on May 22nd and June 4th:
- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at Paseo Academy of Fine & Performing Arts, 4747 Flora Ave., Kansas City, MO; and
- 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Manual Career & Technical Center, 1215 E. Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO.
Public comments may also be provided via e-mail to KCPSredistricting@kceb.org.
Directors and Term:
Beginning at the election for school directors in 2019, two directors shall be at-large directors and five directors shall represent the subdistricts, with one director from each of the subdistricts. At the 2019 election, one of the at-large directors and the directors from subdistricts one, three, and five shall be elected for a two-year term, and the other at-large director and the directors from subdistrict two and four shall be elected for a four-year term. Thereafter, all seven directors shall serve a four year term.
Update: Six proposed maps for redistricting the sub-district boundaries of the Kansas City Public School Board were narrowed down to three by the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners (KCEB) at their May Board Meeting. KCEB will hold another public hearing to discuss these options. The hearing will be held on Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Board of Education, 2901 Troost Ave., KCMO 64109.
Update: The Redistricting Commission selected Alternative Map #9 as the best map to represent the Kansas City Public Schools District.
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