KCPS board members make accreditation a top priority

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Three members of the Kansas City School Board were sworn in Wednesday night.

Marisol Montero and Curtis Rogers won seats for the write-in races. Voters selected John Hile April 3.

They replace Arthur Benson and Duane Kelly. Ray Wilson chose not to run again.

The newly appointed board members agree the first order of business is the district regaining accreditation.

"Getting in, seeing what is needed from schools, families, what they're asking for right now," said Marisol Montero, school board member.

"We need to be a little bit better at communication, " said John Hile, elected school board member. "I think especially with our families and our students. We need to do a better job of listening to our parents. The second thing we need to do is work hard to collaborate with both entities with the district and also our friends in Jefferson City and Department of Education."

"The biggest issue is accreditation and I've been monitoring and I think that's the first place of business I'm concerned about," said Curtis Rogers, school board member.

Airick Leonard West was re-elected and continues as the Board President. Crispin Rea was elected the Vice President of the School Board.

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