Tonight, the KCMSD School Board nar­row­ly approved the Right Sizing Plan pro­posed by Dr. Covington.  26 build­ings will be closed in an effort to redi­rect the District’s resources to improv­ing the edu­ca­tion of its 17,000 stu­dents.  The Board vot­ed 5–4 to move for­ward with the plan to trans­form the KCMSD.  Sadly, Dr. Covington’s vic­to­ry may be short-lived.  After vot­ing unan­i­mous­ly to bring Dr Covington to town to reform the District, four board mem­bers proved that they weren’t will­ing to sup­port him as he makes the tough deci­sions.  The frac­tious board now places the imple­men­ta­tion of the Right Sizing plan in jeop­ardy.  The com­mu­ni­ty can­not take for grant­ed that Dr Covington will be allowed to dis­miss teach­ers, intro­duce new cur­ricu­lum, imple­ment per­for­mance stan­dards and rev­o­lu­tion­ize the qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion in our District.  The administration’s pro­pos­als may even be chal­lenged in the com­ing months by board mem­bers who will be elect­ed to serve on April 6th.  The fate of our District depends on whether the new board will sup­port the super­in­ten­dent and his staff as they trans­form the dis­trict.  As you attend the school board can­di­date forums and debates, ask each can­di­date if they plan to stand by this admin­is­tra­tion and the Right Sizing Plan that the com­mu­ni­ty endorsed.  Can the com­mu­ni­ty afford a school board that is not uni­fied in its vision?  Ask each can­di­date if they intend to Do The Right Thing For Kids. 

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