Voters in three Kansas City area school districts vote to join Metropolitan Community College district
April 7, 2021
Voters in three area K-12 school districts approved joining the Metropolitan Community College district in elections Tuesday, April 6.
According to unofficial results with all precincts reporting, voters in the Grain Valley, Liberty and Oak Grove school districts approved MCC's "attachment" question. The most obvious benefit for residents of those areas is that beginning with the Summer 2021 semester they can take advantage of the MCC in-district tuition rate, which is nearly half that of the out-of-district rate.
A simple majority (over 50%) was required for passage in each school district.
MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty expressed gratitude to everyone who voted to join the community college district. "We're thrilled to welcome residents of the Grain Valley, Liberty and Oak Grove school districts, and we're so appreciative of the support and trust voters in these districts have shown us," she said.
"Whether you come to MCC for job training, retraining, an associate degree before transferring elsewhere, or any number of other options, we welcome you," Dr. Beatty added. "And for residents of these three school districts, those options just became much more affordable."
Although MCC attachment didn't muster enough votes in all eight school districts where the question appeared on April 6 ballots, the chancellor said the College will continue to serve those areas. Many current students live in areas not attached to the MCC district.
Before election day, residents of 12 school districts were "in-district" with MCC because those districts voted to join the community college in the past. Their support of an MCC property tax makes possible the lower in-district tuition rate.
Metropolitan Community College has five traditional campuses on the Missouri side of Greater Kansas City, a robust online program and a site in St. Joseph.