Academie Lafayette parents discuss proposed high school

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Some Kansas City parents said they will continue to live in Kansas City if Academy Lafayette and Kansas City Public Schools can solidify their plans to create a new signature charter school.

Academie Lafayette currently has two Kansas City campuses' and plans for a third in the 2015-2016 school year. The new school would be in the old Southwest High School on Wornall Road. Academie Lafayette parents have wanted a high school for years, but news on June 13 of the school's partnership with KCPS was surprising.

Tufanza Primos has three students who attend the school.

"We knew the school was working on a plan, but we didn't know what that plan was going to be," Primos said.

On June 13, leaders of Academie Lafayette and KCPS announced an agreement for Lafayette to take over Southwest Early College Campus high school. Lafayette will have complete control over students, instruction and day to day operations. The district will maintain ownership of the building.

Crissy Dastrup has two children at the school now and two younger children who will enroll in the future.

"I have a lot of optimism for Academy Lafayette and the high school program, again it's in very capable hands so it makes it easy to kind trust that good decisions will be made," Dastrup said. 

Good decisions Dastrup hopes will spread Academy Lafayette's success to even more Kansas City students.

SWECC and Academie Lafayette are holding meetings this week with parents about the proposed high school.

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