Letter of Support for a Elementary Magnet School in Kirkwood

Letter of Support for a Elementary Magnet School in Kirkwood

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Jeanne Norris started this petition to Kirkwood School District

Recently the Kirkwood Board of Education approved the Green option regarding district growth.  (See details here: https://www.kirkwoodschools.org/Page/9064 )

The Green option proposes the construction of a new elementary school.  Regardless if voters approve this option, or another option, there will be some amount of redistricting.  

I would like to propose that the community support this Green option and request the following:

- To decrease the amount of redistricting, create an opt-in specialty magnet elementary school.  The focus of this school could be STEM, integrated instruction, or outdoor learning.  

- The students at this school would be chosen by a lottery system, where parents get to choose to be a part of the lottery.  A certain number of spots would exist in each school so that each school has a significant population lifted from it, thus alleviating the need for redistricting or at least keeping it to a bare minimum.  The lottery would be designed to ensure racial and gender equity as well.

- The school would serve as an incubator or lab school that could lead to the best practices spreading to the other schools in the district, and even region.  This is an opportunity for Kirkwood to take an outside-of-the-box approach to the problem of population growth and redistricting while leading the way in the region in terms of research-backed educational practices.

The signers of the petition agree that research still needs to be done to see if there is parent/student interest in this suggestion.  This option has been pursued with success in the Mehlville School District, with high parent interest.

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