Cape schools to hold public meetings on possible district changes

By Christy Hendricks
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau Public Schools will host three public facility planning meetings for parents and community members to discuss possible changes in the school district.
Cape schools superintendent Dr. Jim Welker says the open forums will be a chance for district leaders to hear input from the community and get a feel of the priorities of parents.
Welker says some project ideas for the district include possibly redrawing the attendance lines for the elementaries, closing or building a new elementary school, reconfiguring the grades to incorporate 5th grade into the grade school and 6th grade into the junior high.  Welker says another idea in the community is to build an auditorium and/or sports complex at the high school.
The first meeting will be tonight at the Cape Jr. High at 6 p.m. at 205 Caruthers.
The second meeting will be Thursday, March 5th at Jefferson School at 520 S. Minnesota in the cafeteria at 6 p.m.
The third open forum will be Monday, March 9th at Barbara Blanchard Elementary at 1829 North Sprigg at 6 p.m.
The comments and recommendations will be taken back to the Faciliites Steering Committee.
Anyone who can't make the meetings can leave their comments on the school's website at