© 2024 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Kansas City Public Schools wants a new bond measure: 'It's time that we reinvest in our schools'

A woman wearing a bright yellow dress sits at a table with her hands clasped. She is smiling at the camera
Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
In February, Dr. Jennifer Collier officially became the next superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools after serving for over 23 years in the district.

New superintendent Jennifer Collier says that as part of the district's strategic plan Blueprint 2030, Kansas City Public Schools will look to pass a local bond measure to raise taxpayer funds for the construction of new buildings.

Kansas City Public Schools has not had a successful bond measure to raise tax funding since 1967. But now, as a part of its overarching strategic Blueprint 2030 plan, KCPS is hoping to change its luck in order to construct three new school buildings.

Jennifer Collier, the new superintendent of KCPS, told KCUR's Up To Date that while conversations about specifics are early, the district would look to place the new buildings in different areas of the Kansas City community.

She also said it would be more cost-effective to build new instead of trying to patch up older buildings.

"We're looking at those places where we can potentially build new and perhaps close a couple buildings, and then put students and staff into a brand new facility," explained Collier. "That will actually help us facilitate the kind of learning that we want to see happening in our schools, like around project-based learning where students and staff have the makerspaces where they can collaborate and work together. We can do that in the buildings that we have, but our buildings just simply were not designed for that."

Collier joined KCUR's Up To Date to discuss Blueprint 2030 and her biggest priorities in her new role.

Stay Connected
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As Up To Date’s senior producer, I construct daily conversations that give our listeners context to the issues of our time. I strive to provide a platform that holds those in power accountable, while also spotlighting the voices of Kansas City’s creatives and visionaries that may otherwise go unheard. Email me at zach@kcur.org.
KCUR serves the Kansas City region with breaking news and award-winning podcasts.
Your donation helps keep nonprofit journalism free and available for everyone.