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KC school board losing two members, changing political boundaries

Kansas City Public Schools will meet Wednesday on political boundary changes.
Kansas City Public Schools will meet Wednesday on political boundary changes.

Major changes are on the horizon for the Kansas City Public Schools as the district braces to be cut into a whole new set of political subdistricts.

Redistricting presents the potential for Kansas City voters to elect a completely new board of education next year.

A 2013 piece of Missouri legislation goes into effect next spring that forces the board to reduce from nine to seven members.

But first, the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners must draw new subdistricts from which voters will select seven school board members in next April's municipal election.

Every seat on the board will be open. District officials say the entire makeup and direction of the board could change.

On Wednesday, the current board and the public will get their first glimpse of five district map proposals. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the district's offices at 2901 Troost Ave.

School officials have no say in how the lines are drawn. The final decision will be made by the election commissioners, but the public will have several chances to comment.

A second public meeting will be held by the Kansas City Board of Elections at noon May 17 at Union Station. Other meetings will be May 22 at Paseo Academy, 4747 Flora Ave., and June 4 at the Manual Career & Technical Center, 1215 E. Truman Road.

"We really want parents and the community to be involved with this process," said Natalie Allen, spokeswoman for the district.

"We want to make sure this redistricting is transparent and that folks understand what it means that these lines can change. We are talking about who represents you on the board of education."

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