KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City School Superintendent John Covington says the decision to close almost half the district's schools was difficult and painful but "unquestionably the right thing to do."
The Kansas City school board voted 5-4 Wednesday night to close 29 of the district's 61 schools in an effort to stave off bankruptcy. The schools will close at the end of the school year.
During a news conference Thursday, Covington thanked the board for its vote. He said the district was spreading itself too thin by educating less than 18,000 students in 61 schools.
Despite the close vote, Covington says he's confident the board and district administration could work together to complete the massive restructuring, which includes laying off 700 employees, including
about 285 teachers.
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If schools are barely filled, you can't continue to keep the school open without shifting school children around. If the children get shifted around, then it seems some people are going to have to be shifted around and/or fired. The administration HAS to be reduced.
It's a good opportunity to remove non-functioning teachers, but I bet the oldest teachers will be the ones who are let go, because the oldest teachers are the most expensive.