Independence schools residency requirement timed right
The Kansas City Star
The Independence School District is right to require its principals, assistant principals and other administrators to live in the community they serve.
At Superintendent Jim Hinson’s urgings, the school board passed the policy last week, The Kansas City Star reports. The requirement will go into effect February 2015 and will affect about 60 administrators.
The timing is on the district’s side because of layoffs in school districts nationwide. It will compel more people to comply with the district initiative to keep their jobs.
But the move, though exceptional, would better serve the interests of the children, the parents and the community because the people running the schools would be part of the community they serve. They’d be fully invested in it.
Requiring teachers to live in the district would be a good next step.