KCMO students become new faces at Northtown

Kayla LeDoux, staff writer

Just a few weeks ago, North Kansas City High students headed into school along with some new classmates.

The Kansas City Missouri School District closed 28 of their former 61 schools which ranged from elementary to high schools. This left 466 new high school students from KCMOSD ready to finish up their education at other area high schools, including NKCHS.

Due to budget cuts and school closings, these KCMOSD students were sent to other schools to continue their education.

Many went to Winnetonka, Oak Park, and some came to Northtown.

“Kids from the KCMO school district have been coming to Northtown for years. Now we will just see an increase in numbers, due to the closing of many of the schools in the [KCMO] district,” Spanish teacher Joaquin Cuni said.

Many students are accepting of the new changes.

“I’m all for the shift. Education is important and I think that every student should have resources available to better their education,” history teacher Corey McCune said.

Transferred students are very appreciative of the things being offered to them, that they did not have a chance to have and to participate in at their previous schools.

“The school is always clean and there are always desks to sit at and books to have,” sophomore Fontain Irving, a transfer from Imagine Academy, said.

Some of the new students are getting involved at school and in extracurricular activities.

Victor Manning, a senior and varsity football player, transferred from Westport High School after it closed.

Manning has been happy with the switch and feels he is more likely for success at Northtown.

“By coming to Northtown, I have more opportunities to do well,” Manning said.

Whether or not all the students are all from the same place, they all have come together here at Northtown, and make it the best it can possibly be.