Board of Education

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The KCKPS Board of Education (from L-R): Brenda Jones, Board Vice President Wanda Paige, Harold Brown, Maxine Drew, Dr. Stacy Yeager, Janey Humphries, and Board President Dr. Valdenia Winn.


As of February 13, the board meetings will now be available on www.YouTube.com/KCKPSTV.

View the February 23 board meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sm3Qg3w01c

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, February 26

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Board of Education held a meeting on Tuesday, February 26, where Kimberly Earl was recognized as a Student of the Month. Earl is a graduate of 500 Reach Virtual School. Joleah Garcia, who was unable to attend the meeting, was also recognized as a graduate of 500 Reach Virtual School.  Congratulations to both of them!  

Students of the Month - February 2019

February Student of the Month Kimberly Earl (second from the left) is surrounded by Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust and the members of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education.

Other actions at the board meeting: 

  • An update to the Student Code of Conduct for the 2019-20 school year was submitted for a first read. The document will be back before the board at the March 19 meeting for further review and discussion.

  • An update on the bond projects included tile floors and walls, classroom finishes and theatrical equipment at Gloria Willis Middle School; the kitchen, gymnasium and library at Welborn Elementary School; and progress on the Rosedale Middle School addition and renovation. Earthwork/site clearing happended during the month of February for the new Carl B. Bruce Middle School. The John Fiske Elementary School addition is underway with the start of the structural steel and completion of the building slab.

  • Approval of a contract with Orton Gillingham Training to be provided by the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education. This is a multi-sensory, phonetic and structured method that special education teachers can incorporate into their literacy instruction. There are two trainings: one specifically designed for elementary special education teachers and one specifically designed for secondary special education teachers. The training will be provided to 44 elementry special education teachers for $39,490.00 and to 29 secondary special education teachers for $27,040.00. 

  • Approval of the graduation requirements, beginning with next year’s freshmen, which will be the class of 2023. The addition of the following:
    • World Languages (2 credits), which will incorporate foreign languages back into the curriculum.
    • Electives (4.5 credits)
    • Changing math to Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 instead of Algebra/Geomentry 1,2,3
      Other updates:
    • Addition of World Languages at every middle school
    • Algebra/Geometry 1 will be replaced with Math 8 to give students an opportunity to learn fundamentals.
    • Opportunity to take selected high school courses at the middle school (Algebra 1) 

Click here to view the meeting.

 

About the Board of Education

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is governed by a seven-member body of citizens elected by the voters of the school district. These seven members are charged with making sure that the school district operates in the best interests of the students and the community. All members serve without pay.

The board of education is the school district's governing body, as set forth in state and federal law. The board is responsible for setting district policy, adopting an annual budget, and approving of general district matters, including personnel, curriculum, facilities, and other district business matters. The board is responsible for hiring the superintendent of schools, and is responsible for overseeing the superintendent's duties and performance.

Board of education meetings are normally held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the third floor Board Room at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street. This year, several Board meetings are scheduled out in schools. The entire board meeting schedule can be found in the right submenu — "Meeting Calendar". Except as otherwise provided by law, all meetings for the conduct of the affairs of and the transaction of business by the Board of Education of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools shall be open to the public.