A Jackson County judge this morning heard arguments over area school districts’ request that expected student transfers out of the Kansas City School District be blocked until an orderly process can be ironed out.

Circuit Court Judge W. Brent Powell was expected to rule this afternoon on a request by six school districts for a temporary restraining order to block transfers out of the Kansas City district based on that district’s loss of state accreditation, which takes effect Jan. 1.

“It’s simply because we’re going to have chaos next week,” attorney Duane Martin told Judge Powell. Martin represents the Independence, Blue Springs, Raytown, North Kansas City and Lee’s Summit school districts, which differ sharply with the Kansas City district over procedures and payments for students leaving that district.

The Center School Distict also has joined the other five in the lawsuit against the Kansas City district. Together, the districts say, they have received about 1,600 inquiries from families interested in transferring, and they say the cost of adding staff and program to handle hundreds if not thousands of new students in the middle of the school year would place a huge – and perhaps never reimbursed – cost on their taxpayers.