Which Foods Will Pass the Taste Test for Students?

March 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

Will fresh fruits and vegetables be all the rage? Or will waffles be the most popular food item? The answer will come on Thursday, March 31 when hundreds of students attend the Taste of 500 food tasting fair hosted by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The event will take place from noon to 1:45 p.m. at F.L. Schlagle High School.

Now in its 19th year, the Taste of 500 brings together students from across the district to sample food items from a number of food service brokers. The students provide their feedback using a simple scoring technique. Positive responses are then considered for next year’s school breakfast and/or lunch menus.

 “This past year, we taste tested a real popular macaroni and cheese, which tested much higher than any other mac and cheese product we have looked at in the past,” said Josh Mathiasmeier, director of Nutritional Services. “And now it’s on our menu.”

Mathiasmeier said he is particularly interested to see how samples of fruits and vegetables will fare at the event. This year, his department received a USDA grant to implement a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in 16 KCKPS elementary schools. Through the program, students take part in a taste test of fresh, and usually unique, fruits and vegetables, twice a week. It increases their exposure to new and healthy food items.

More than 600 students are expected to pass through the line of food vendors at Taste of 500 this year. Some of the items that will be available for sampling include: star fruit, jicama sticks, popped crisps, maple waffle, cheese stuffed pretzel, smothered burrito, naked juice, bulk taco snack, cheese calzone and mini cini’s.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

KCKPS to Host Groundbreaking Event for New Welborn Elementary School

March 21, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Melissa Fears, Director of Communications and Marketing, (913) 279-2225

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The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will host a groundbreaking event on Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. to celebrate the kick-off to the construction of the new Welborn Elementary School. The groundbreaking event will be held at 5200 Leavenworth Road, the current site of school. The event will feature remarks and the ceremonial turning of the dirt by KCKPS’s officials, and representatives of the school district’s Community Vision Team and elected officials.

The new Welborn Elementary School will be a state-of-art facility designed to provide a quality learning and working environment for all those attending the school. The two existing Welborn Elementary School buildings, located at 5200 Leavenworth Road, will be razed after the completion of the new building.  Until the new school is built, students will continue to attend classes at the current location. The new facility will be approximately 68,000 square feet and will house about 550 students.

Among the standout features of the new two-story facility will be 26 classrooms, as well as an art room, music room, multipurpose room, gymnasium, media center and a flex/makerspace.

The project is tentatively scheduled for completion for the 2019-2020 school year.  

The designer of the new school is HTK Architects and the construction company is JE Dunn Construction.

For more information about the 2016 zero-tax increase bond projects, please click here or call Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools at 816.551.3200.

Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - March 17, 2018

March 5, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 279-2235

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in the third floor Board room at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street.

The Board shall meet to interview and select a firm or individual to conduct a nationwide search for a superintendent of schools for the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District.

Dated this 5th day of March 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - February 19, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 16, 2015

Contact: David Smith, Chief of Staff, (913) 279-2242

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 11:30 a.m., in the Board room on the third floor of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.  

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to take action on the Payment of Bills and to assemble in retreat fashion for a budget workshop.  The Board members may recess into executive session under the following exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act: 

(a) Non-Elected Personnel
- To protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individuals( s ).

(b) Negotiations
- To protect the public interest in negotiating a fair and equitable contract.

Dated this 16th day of February 2015.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

KCK Board of Education Honors May Employees of the Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

May 2014 Employees of the Month.

Jack Granath

"The community has been flooding into the new South Branch Library since the doors opened on September 26, 2012. The new building is a bright, welcoming and accessible location. We believe a key part of the success we have experienced is Jack Granath. It is our pleasure to nominate Jack Granath as Employee of the Month. Jack is the Branch Manager for the South Branch Library. This is not just 'a job' for Jack. His commitment to our community and our library is strong. I can truly say Jack is one of the best people I have had the pleasure to work with!"
-- Sincerely, Janey Humphries, community member & Bridgette DeSmet, administrative assistant for the KCK Public Schools

Bill Reardon

"Sometimes, an individual will come to a position with the exact right mix of skills and experience, such that they seem born for the job. Such is the case with Bill Reardon, the KCKPS lobbyist. Bill, who worked as a high school teacher for more than 30 years, AND served in the Kansas legislature for more than 30 years, is the perfect person to serve as the district's voice and advocate in Topeka. The skill with which he performs his job has had a profound impact, not just on the well-being of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, but on the health of public education across the state of Kansas."
-- Sincerely, David A. Smith, Chief of Staff

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242