Southwest High looks for fresh start in new school year - KCTV5

Southwest High looks for fresh start in new school year

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Students across the metro will soon be heading back to the classroom.

All grades start Monday at Kansas City Public Schools and the Leavenworth School District. And in Kansas City, KS, students in kindergarten through fifth grade, plus some sixth- and ninth-grade students, are ready for their first day.

It is the first day of class at Southwest Early College Campus, surrounded by uncertainty followed by years of issues and a rape investigation.

One group wants to make sure the students get a fresh start with some encouragement.

Members of nearby church Wornall Road Baptist Church say the goal Monday is to encourage students at a time when there are many unanswered questions about the future of their school.

The group of people who live in Brookside and Waldo greeted the students with donuts and an appearance by Kansas City Chiefs mascot, KC Wolfe.

KCPS could turn over operations at the high school to Academie Lafayette, a charter school.

Southwest Early College Campus has been inundated with issues including intentionally set fires and a brutal sexual assault on campus.

A 14-year-old girl reported she was raped by one of her classmates repeatedly inside the school while another classmate acted as the lookout.

A final decision about the KCPS and Academie Lafayette agreement is expected this fall.

Because students must go through a selective application process, opponents worry many students who already go to Southwest wouldn't be able to attend.

The current proposal would give Academie Lafayette academic control of Southwest as early as next fall.

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