Can Westwood View survive? Rose explores school’s future in latest column

A committee report to Shawnee Mission School District superintendent Gene Johnson recently identified Westwood View Elementary as a potential target for closure as the district continues to explore cost cutting measures.

In Wednesday’s Kansas City Star, columnist Steve Rose speculates about whether the tiny — and much beloved — neighborhood school, which produces some of the best test scores in the district, can hang on:

Westwood View is one of the smallest schools in the district, with 265 students. So, with very small class sizes, every teacher gets to know every student intimately (including my grandchildren). So does the principal…

What intervention would keep Westwood View’s tiny school intact?

A lot depends on Topeka and funding from the Legislature. If Shawnee Mission is forced to cut further, in addition to the tens of millions already cut, then the die is cast for Westwood View.

But if funding remains the same, perhaps — just perhaps — Westwood View can dodge a few more bullets.

Read the whole column here.