• Getting down to crunch time

  • Independence School District Officials are making plans for an extreme makeover of the Kansas City schools that will be annexed July 1.

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  • Independence School District Superintendent Jim Hinson continued his barnstorming tour Monday to ratchet up support for the district’s Extreme School Makeover set for July 26-27.
    Hinson presented to the Independence City Council a brief explanation of the volunteer-led effort designed to improved the cosmetics of the seven Kansas City School District buildings that will become a part of the Independence district July 1.
    “We anticipate receiving our new school buildings on July 1,” Hinson said. “School will start on Aug. 18. We will have approximately three weeks in our new school buildings prior to employees reporting to work. We believe that the present state and condition of the buildings are not appropriate for students.”
    Last week, Hinson presented to area business and community leaders corporate sponsorship proposals and volunteer sign-up packets to aid in the face-lift operation. The district needs laymen’s help as well, Hinson suggested.
    “We are asking community clubs, organizations, citizens and certainly the city of Independence to assist us on that weekend,” he said. “We really need thousands of volunteer hours to help us get those buildings ready to go when school starts.”
    Council Member Marcie Gragg said the church she attends has members planning to volunteer as a team on the project. She asked Hinson if each team member had to sign up as an individual and was told yes to assure people are doing work they are excited about doing.
    “I go to church on 39th Street,” Gragg said, “so you’ll have a team from central Independence there as well,” to help clean the western Independence schools annexed into the ISD.
    Mayor Don Reimal continued to show his unwavering support for the annexation and cleanup efforts. He cast no doubt that the district and the city will be as successful as they were in November’s election when voters overwhelmingly approved the annexation.
    “I know that this is going to be a success,” he said.
    Hinson encouraged anyone interested in signing up to help with the Extreme Makeover call the ISD’s Central Office.
    “We are elated with the response we have had so far, but we still need a lot more individuals to assist us that weekend,” Hinson concluded.

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