New board member named for Kansas City charter school

The Citizens of the World charter school coming to Kansas City, has added a former president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to its board of directors.

Miguel Meneses, who’s been a long-time Kansas City area leader, will head the new charter school’s diversity committee.

Organizers of the new charter said in a statement released on Tuesday that, “their board represents diverse communities across the city and its focused on bringing those communities together in one school.”

Citizens of the World, brought to Kansas City by a group of midtown parents and community members, plans to open in a building at 3435 Broadway this fall. The goal is to start with about 288 students in kindergarten through first grade and reach about 1,800 students after expanding to all 13 grades in 12 years.

Eventually it would grow to four schools, including elementary, middle and high schools, at a full capacity of 1,750 students.

In February the charter named Douglas Smith, a former midtown resident and teacher at Washington High School, as principal for the Citizens of the World Kansas City school.

CWCKC is hosting an information and enrollment session Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tony Aguirre Community Center, 2050 W. Pennway St., KC, 64108.

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc