PRESS RELEASE 

MESSAGE FROM BOARD of DIRECTORS

Kansas City Neighborhood Academy Public Charter School to close as of June 30, 2019

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dianne Cleaver

KCNA Board President  

Phone:816.231.0822 

Email: dcleaver@uni-kc.org 

Dr. Robin Wilson

KCNA Founding Principal

Phone: 816.418.1500

Email: rwilson@kcneighborhoodacademy.org

Kansas City, MO, March 28, 2019 -- Kansas City Neighborhood Academy (KCNA), a kindergarten through 4th-grade STEAM-focused Public Charter School announced it will no longer operate after the 2018-19 school year.

KCNA began operating in 2016. Despite initial capital investments and robust student recruitment efforts, the impact of the Kansas City metro area declining population of families with school-aged children has affected the school, causing cuts or reductions in programs and services key to KCNA’s model, STEAM-focused classrooms, math and literacy labs, teachers assistants and other areas of support.

“We are proud of the progress we have made together since we first opened Kansas City Neighborhood Academy. Witnessing our teachers working with our students to help them become creative problem solvers, skilled communicators and critical thinkers has been a joy for all of us,” said Dianne Cleaver, KCNA Board President, “Unfortunately, KCNA is facing several obstacles that make our current situation unsustainable.”

KCNA intends to work alongside KC Public School District and Show me KC Schools to transition the students and staff to different schools for next school year.

“Our decision is in the best interest of our students, staff and their families,” Cleaver said, “We will always be grateful to teachers and administrators, our parents and our community partners for their unwavering support of KCNA over the years. We thank you for your partnership in providing the best possible education to your children. We will continue working to make our neighborhood and city a better place in every way possible.”

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