On a 5-4 vote, the Kansas City School Board narrowly passed Superintendent John Covington's plan to close 26 schools and cut 700 jobs (many of them teachers).
At this morning's presser, Covington made seven mentions of "right-sizing," which was enough to make me want to do shots. But it's hard to argue against change in the district.
"It has been a difficult and painful and very emotional process that
impacts our entire community," Covington told reporters. "No one likes
closing schools. It's hard. It's tough on families, and it's certainly
tough on our community."
Covington explained that this was the "right thing to do" for a district
that was staring down a $50 million deficit and bankruptcy. He added
that the district was using just 60 percent of the seats in its
elementary schools and 40 percent of the seats in the middle schools.
It's less than 40 in the high schools.
Here's Covington's plan (via KSHB Channel 41).