Community meeting on the future of Mission Valley to be held tonight

The Shawnee Mission East auditorium is likely to be a lively venue this evening as it plays host to the district’s community meeting on the proposal to close Mission Valley Middle School at the end of the school year.

Attendance at the meeting is expected to be very high; a group called “Save Mission Valley” has been organizing parents to fight the closing, and is conducted an extensive investigation into the district’s rationale for the proposal.

The Board of Education and superintendent Gene Johnson faced a room full of agitated parents on Sept. 21 when they held a community meeting on the proposal to move Brookwood Elementary into the Shawnee Mission South attendance area. The meeting tonight will be the fourth of the 11 community meetings the district has scheduled to allow parents and neighbors to give their input on the redistricting and school closing proposals that were announced in September.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m.