Parents, business leaders and neighbors are all coming together to come up with a new vision for Kansas City Public Schools.
Tuesday night brainstorming sessions at Garcia Elementary was just one of a series of so-called "vision" meetings that the district is hosting to get feedback from the community on how to improve the quality of public education.
"It's just the whole community coming together to be able to set a new higher goal for our kids," Parent Involvement Coordinator Monique Limon said.
The group bounced ideas off of each other in an informal environment for about an hour. The approach wasn't necessarily from an academic standpoint, which some found refreshing.
"This isn't the school board district. This is the community's school district, and as stewards of the district, it's our job to go back to the community and get a sense of what that vision should be," said KCPS School Board Chair Airick Leonard West.
Others, like Jared Campbell, who attended the meeting felt it was their job to be there offering insight that could yield good results.
"I hope what the district takes away are some actual measurable ideas that they get from the community to help kids grow from this year to next," Campbell said.
There are three other vision meeting slated for later this month. Once all these meetings are completed, the school board will review all the ideas and consider adopting them.
If you couldn't make Tuesday's meeting, the district is holding another one on Thursday at Border Star Montessori in Brookside.
The third meeting will be held Jan. 29 at Gladstone Elementary, 335 N. Elmwood Ave. The last meeting is Jan. 31 at Paseo Academy, 4747 Flora Ave., all of them starting at 6 p.m.
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