LINC in the Independence School District

Independence students learn about Egyptian history at Culture Day held at Korte Elementary.

LINC began its partnership with the Independence School district in 1994, when four district elementary schools were designated as LINC Caring Communities sites.  LINC’s presence in the district grew significantly in 2008, when six former Kansas City, Mo. School District schools were transferred to Independence.

In 2012, the school district asked LINC to take on a broader role focusing on families and neighborhoods with the district assuming responsibility for out-of-school time programs in all its schools.

This is a new exciting role for LINC to undertake in helping the Independence School District achieve the idea of "community schools" to scale. This broader role in the school district - over time - will involve LINC training and supporting up to 13 LINC community/neighborhood site coordinators to each work with two of the school district's 26 different elementary, middle and high schools.

Dr. Dale Herl is the district superintendent. 

District Profile

District News

Independence Heritage Festival to feature food, entertainment, skateboarding

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Hill Park, 23rd and Maywood Ave., this Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., for the 2016 Independence Heritage Festival.

This year's event features a skateboard competition as well as entertainment, food and vendors.

LINC Commission Meeting Monday, Sept. 19th

The LINC Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, July 18th from 4-6 pm at the Kauffman Foundation. The public is invited to attend.


The Local Investment Commission (LINC) has a food pantry at Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church in Independence, MO. known as Project Suppertime.

LINC and the church have mutually agreed to temporarily close the food pantry to reorganize inventory and train new volunteers.

Those wishing to support Project Suppertime can make contributions directly to either the Local Investment Commission, 3100 Broadway, Suite 1100, Kansas City, MO. or to Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church, 1800 S Northern Blvd, Independence, MO 64052.

For additional information, contact Brent Schondelmeyer, LINC Deputy Director, (816) 410-8350 or

Community organizes Day of the Child event

Independence will honor children and the community's rich heritage with an International Day of the Child celebration on Saturday, May 7, 11 am to 4 pm, at Hill Park, 2201 S. Maywood. The community celebration is free and open to the public.

Independence celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. with keynote speaker Frank White

Newly appointed Jackson County Executive and Royals Hall of Fame member Frank White will deliver the keynote address at the annual City of Independence Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 18. 

LINC In Photos 2015

We are happy to share this year's LINC in Photos — a visual representation of LINC's impact and presence in the community. LINC in Photos 2015 is dedicated to LINC Chairman Emeritus Landon Rowland, who passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.

Families and communities celebrate the holidays with LINC Caring Communities

Families and residents around Kansas City  came together to celebrate the holidays and to support their community.


One Sight Vision Van helping students in need

Over 250 students are getting a much clearer view of the world around them, thanks to One Sight, a worldwide organization providing access to quality vision care. 

Van Horn students receive free books from First Book during Teen Read Week

Van Horn High School students visited their school library during Teen Read Week where each student received a new book. The books were provided through a local First Book distribution. 

Western Independence families work together to become more financially fit

LINC has partnered with Junior Achievement of Middle America and Arvest Bank to provide financial literacy to caring communities at Van Horn, Nowlin, Fairmount, Mallinson, and Sugar Creek. The free classes teach the entire family how to budget, save, understand credit, and more. 


Independence Caring Communities Site Data Books

The Caring Communities Site Data Books are developed to provide the site and its community with an overview of the facts, figures and resources for their neighborhoods. Understanding the current state of the community will provide Site Coordinators, LINC Administrators, Site Council members, and the general public with an opportunity to better understand their neighborhoods and to identify areas of need for the coordination of services. This is an important asset to have in continuing to build on the success of the program and helping it thrive in the future. (Click on a book below to download the report.)