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Park Hill School District to review four redistrict proposals after hearing concerns from parents

Posted at 7:26 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 20:26:39-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Park Hill School District will revise its redistricting proposals after hearing feedback from hundreds of parents. 

In an email Monday, the district said it will have an outside demographer review the four scenarios and improve them, according to the school board’s redistricting criteria. 

The updated proposals should be available early next week. 

“We need a decision in December in order to staff the schools, create class schedules and prepare for all the transitions. However, we realize that by trying to address some challenges on the maps, we might create other issues. We hope people will look at the new maps carefully and tell us what they think,” wrote Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd. 

Last week, the district hosted an open-house meeting for parents to review the four proposals

Several parents contacted 41 Action News, voicing concerns about socio-economic disparities among elementary schools. In one plan, the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at Line Creek Elementary would jump from 37.7 percent to 45.8 percent, while the percentage of students at Union Chapel Elementary would decrease from 17.6 percent to 15.9 percent.