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Urban Neighborhood Initiative To Open KCNA School Soon

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Plans are underway  and moving right along in the efforts by The Urban Neighborhood Initiative to open its first elementary school in what appears to be Wendell Phillips school.
The final steps are underway to open the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy which will be a Charter school under the direction of Kansas City Public Schools.
The concept of the school comes under the Big Five strategy, introduced several years ago by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, which includes “Building Kansas City’s workforce of tomorrow through the kindergarten-readiness and revitalizing urban neighborhoods through the Urban Neighborhood Initiative. The concepts were well received by those in the targeted boundaries areas.
Ms. Dianne Cleaver  serves as executive director and has worked throughout the community to put together a school that will, hopefully, attract people back into the urban core and spark development in the area.
There are many misconceptions about the project when it comes to the educational portion.




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