For now, at least, Mission Valley looks to be saved

Brookwood parent Steve Bledsoe (from left) and Save Mission Valley committee members Michelle Trouvé and Mary Lee Duff applaud after the board declined to vote on the Brookwood proposal.

Nothing’s official…but after Monday’s Shawnee Mission School District board of education meeting, Mission Valley Middle School’s future looks brighter.

Board president Deb Zila shocked members of the audience at the start of the meeting by announcing that superintendent Gene Johnson had requested that the agenda items concerning four of his proposals, including the proposal to close Mission Valley, be removed. The rationale for the postponing a vote on the items, Johnson said, was to allow the district to conduct a detailed study on what facility upgrades would need to be made to district middle schools to provide the necessary environment for successful programming. He did not, however, request that the proposal to move Brookwood Elementary into the SM South district be removed from the agenda.

Because the Mission Valley and Brookwood proposals were heavily intertwined, the board’s vote on Brookwood would signal their appetite for closing Mission Valley. When the agenda item came before the board, member Craig Denny moved for a vote. Zila called for a second. The rest of the council stayed mum. Without anyone seconding the motion, the proposal died, which means Brookwood will stay in the SM East feeder pattern.

Lots more coverage tomorrow.