Parents speculate that Indian Hills could close

A number of parents have written in to since the announcement on Tuesday that Shawnee Mission superintendent Gene Johnson would be revealing a plan that includes school closures at the board of education’s September 13 meeting. Their message? Don’t be surprised if Indian Hills Middle School is on the cutting block.

At present, Shawnee Mission East is the only high school in the district to be exclusively fed by two middle schools — Indian Hills and Mission Valley. That fact, combined with Indian Hills’ relatively low enrollment, have several parents speculating that it could be a prime target for closure.

Shawnee Mission South and Shawnee Mission West are each fed by a single middle school (Indian Woods and Westridge, respectively). Shawnee Mission North brings in all of Antioch’s students, and Shawnee Mission Northwest brings in all of Trailridge’s students, but North and Northwest each receive students from Hocker Grove.

Johnson will only be introducing his suggestions for closures at the September 13 meeting. The board won’t act on those recommendations until November, after the district has had the chance to host a series of forums to get community input.

The board meeting will be held at Shawnee Mission West at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 13.

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