March 27, 2013
Kansas City Public Schools is continuing to meet with neighborhoods regarding closed school sites.
KCPS recently met with the Blue Valley Neighborhood Association to discuss the next steps for the former McCoy Elementary School, which continues to remain a target for vandalism. Neighborhood residents and leaders are vying for demolition since the building poses a safety risk to residents and contributes to neighborhood blight. The former Thacher Elementary School could also face demolition.
As KCPS continues to evaluate the possibility of reopening Northeast Middle School, Thacher continues to remain a concern since it shares an 8-acre plot with Northeast Middle School. The former elementary school suffered major damage from arson in 2011 and continues to remain a target for vandalism. The KCPS repurposing initiative team has recommended demolishing Thacher, but final school board approval is still needed. KCPS is seeking community feedback and will host a public meeting regarding Thacher at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. The meeting will follow the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association meeting.