The Kansas City Star

Citing “sources in position to know“, last night the Kansas City Star’s education reporter finally figured out what the KCPS board didn’t do last Wednesday: they didn’t vote to sell Westport high school to the Foutch Brothers/Académie Lafayette partnership.

One supposes the old canard better late than never applies here. Though we question whether the newspaper would have ever known any of this had Steve Foutch not emailed the Star.

The rest of reporter Joe Robertson’s piece –over 1100 words– presents older facts, figures and guesswork already familiar to readers of this site: the Star playing catch-up. However let’s give credit where it’s due – Robertson did slip in a few amusing and informational facts:

  • We are not disclosing or confirming any details,” board president Airick Leonard West said Monday. “The matter remains under negotiation.”

Except, of course, when West discusses the details with random people at fancy evening galas.

  • It (Académie Lafayette) currently serves 830 students. Its long-range plan envisions serving about 2,000 students, with a high school with 400 to 600 students and another elementary school, possibly a Spanish- or Mandarin-language immersion program, Academy Lafayette board president Dave Cozad said

Académie Lafayette parents will be surprised to discover their school, which has nowhere near the money to buy another building (hence the partnership with the Foutch brothers),  are regardless planning to do just that very thing. Oh, the excitement!

  • Circumstances around the building at 315 E. 39th St. are in flux. In particular, a possible streetcar line near the school could change the dynamics around its reuse.

Several Brooksiders 1 have privately expressed to WNBTv this fact led to their opposition of the city’s proposed streetcar. Their concern being that should Brookside have allowed the streetcar to broach its borders, instead of merely accommodating an unsightly and noisy “tourist” nuisance, the neighborhood could have been flooded hither, thither and yon with large groups of school kids running amok. Running amok is not allowed in Brookside. Neither was the idea of expanding the streetcar system south through Brookside to haul those children to and from school.  Or, worse, spur the streetcar line east to tote those scholars as well. That was a total non-starter for many Brookside residents. 2

And so it goes. 3

Kudos, we suppose, to the Star for belatedly airing the concerns of big business.

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Show 3 footnotes

  1. Or CAVE people, as the Mayor’s office is wont to quip.
  2. What this says about portions of Brookside is not pretty. On the other hand, these same folk have argued, it’s not up to Brookside to act as a sop to the nation’s skewed economic practices that created the disparity in the first place. Nor, they contend, would such a plan work; feel free to judge us.
  3. Can’t help it; the news lately has me channeling my inner Vonnegut.

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