Shawnee Mission announces dates for community forums on sixth-grade/middle school configuration

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The Shawnee Mission School District on Tuesday announced it would hold five community input sessions to get feedback from patrons about the idea of reconfiguring current middle school alignment. Superintendent Jim Hinson announced late last year that he was assembling a task force to look at middle school configuration in the district in response to frequent inquiries from patrons as to why Shawnee Mission was the only Johnson County district to use a seven-eight middle school configuration instead of the six-seven-eight junior high configuration.

The press release put out by the district did not contain any information about whether the task force members had been finalized and who would be serving on the task force.

A task force is reviewing grade configuration, specifically related to sixth-grade students in the Shawnee Mission School District.

Superintendent Jim Hinson has engaged the task force to discuss this topic as a result of feedback and questions he received from stakeholders. To inform the review process, the task force will hold community forums in each of the five geographic high school feeder areas. Task force members are charged with researching the issue, gathering input from the community, and sharing resulting recommendations with the superintendent.

No decisions or recommendations for change have been made at this time. All discussion would center on potential implementation during the 2018-2019 school year at the earliest. Task force members will research and share information at community forums regarding the many aspects to be considered.

Each forum is open to all community members. The schedule of meetings, all of which are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at each location, is as follows:

  • February 23: Hocker Grove Middle School
  • February 25: Trailridge Middle School
  • March 10: Indian Hills Middle School
  • March 21: Indian Woods Middle School
  • March 24: Westridge Middle School

In order to gain broad feedback from staff and community, an online survey will be available starting February 23 and closing March 31. A link to the survey will be shared with parents via SMSD Alert, as well as posted on the district’s web site and through social media.