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Independence Public School District

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Independence Public School District is a school district headquartered in Independence, Missouri, United States. The district serves most of Independence and Sugar Creek.[1]

Independence Public School District
Independence, Missouri
District information
MottoInspiring Greatness
GradesPreK - 12
SuperintendentDr. Dale Herl
Students and staff
Students15,497 (K-12) and 2,000 (Pre-K) Total: 17,497
Other information
WebsiteDistrict website


High schoolsEdit


The school district's FIRST Robotics Competition team, Team 1723 the FBI (First Bots of Independence), was founded in 2006. The student members from all three ISD high schools meet almost all year round at William Chrisman High school. During their most recent season, 2018, the team competed and took first place at the Greater Kansas City Regional. This allowed them to proceed to World Championships in Houston Texas, where they won the Newton sub-division, then place third overall in the world. The FBI is also active in the ISD community; many members from the team mentor ISD middle school and elementary school FIRST Lego League teams and host an annual FIRST Lego League tournament at George Caleb Bingham Middle School.

Alternative schoolsEdit

  • Independence Academy

Middle schoolsEdit

  • Pioneer Ridge
  • George Caleb Bingham
  • James Bridger
  • Clifford H. Nowlin

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Abraham Mallinson
  • Thomas Hart Benton
  • Blackburn
  • Bryant
  • Fairmount
  • Glendale
  • Korte (originally North Rock Creek)
  • Little Blue
  • John W. Luff
  • Mill Creek
  • Christian Ott
  • Alexander Procter
  • Randall
  • Santa Fe Trail
  • Spring Branch
  • Sugar Creek
  • Sycamore Hills
  • Three Trails
  • William Southern

Early educationEdit

  • Hanthorn
  • Sunshine Center

Annexation boundary line debateEdit

In November 2007, the voters of Independence and Kansas City voted for seven schools (one high school, one middle school, and five elementary schools) to be taken over by the Independence Public School District. This is perceived as another major setback for the Kansas City, Missouri School District and was a huge undertaking with a great boon for Western Independence.[citation needed] Jim Hinson, the superintendent of the Independence district, believed that the KCMO district fought the annexation was because it was a "pride issue" and because the KCMO district feared that other parts of the district could secede.[2]

The transfer did not include the C. R. Anderson School, which was originally called the Pitcher School. KCMSD annexed the school in 1957, and it became an alternative school for troubled students in the 1980s. It closed in 2000.[3]

Transfer to Independence School District

  • Van Horn High School (Independence)
  • Nowlin Middle School (Independence)
  • Fairmount Elementary (Independence)
  • Mount Washington Elementary (Independence) (no longer part of the district, was sold)
  • North Rock Creek / Korte Elementary (Independence)
  • Sugar Creek Elementary (Sugar Creek)
  • Three Trails Elementary (Independence)


  1. ^ "School Districts." City of Independence. Retrieved on January 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Q&A with Superintendent Jim Hinson, Independence School District." American School Board Journal. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Barton, Eric. "Buy This School." The Pitch. August 12, 2008. 1.

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