KC searches for new uses for more closed schools
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City School District is looking for uses for eight more closed schools. The district's list of unused schools grew to 38 in June 2010 after a massive consolidation effort.
Kansas City residents complain that schools closed in previous years have sat vacant, attracting vagrants. This time, officials vowed to do a better job of finding suitable uses for empty buildings and established a repurposing office.
There's some urgency to the effort; a recent state audit found that the district spent about $2.2 million in one year on utilities and insurance for shuttered schools.
As part of the repurposing, the district has been inviting the public on tours of shuttered schools and asking for ideas to transform the buildings.