Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - March 10, 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 10, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. The Board shall meet to review responses to the Request for Information/Proposal for the Superintendent Search and select firms or individuals to be interviewed.

Dated this 5th day of March 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Special Education Coop to Host 16th Annual Job Olympics

March 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

It’s an Olympic event that exposes students to a variety of job skills for their futures. On Friday, April 1, dozens of students will gather for the 16th Annual Job Olympics at the Bonner Springs PE Center. The event will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

A program of the Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative, Job Olympics is a one-day competition developed to promote transition and employability skills for a broad continuum of secondary and special education students.

A total of 32 different competitive events are planned for participants. Each student will select four categories in which to compete. The events will allow them to practice skills such as sacking groceries, basic carpentry and sorting mail. Events new to the Job Olympics this year include: caring for a wound, child care/baby bath, laundry sorting and toy cleaning.

An awards ceremony will end the day beginning at noon. Medals will be awarded to first through third place winners in each category.

Volunteers are needed to helpwith the events. To sign up to be a volunteer, or for more information, contact Cheryl McDonald, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (913) 627-7831; Dorothy Page, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (816) 838-6920; or Robert Young, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

KCKPS Board of Education Resolves to Keep Current Election Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 9, 2015

Contact:  David A. Smith, chief of staff, (913) 279-2240

KCKPS Board of Education Resolves to Keep Current Election Process

The Board of Education of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has resolved that the process for electing public board of education members in Kansas remain unchanged.

During a special board meeting on February 4, 2015, the KCKPS Board of Education called upon the Kansas State Legislature to pass no law changing the election cycle for local boards of education and to pass no law changing the nonpartisan status of local board of education elections.

The Board of Education members believe that moving local public school board elections from spring to fall would reduce focus on school board candidates, as they compete for attention with all other candidates for every federal, state and local office. Moving the election from spring to fall would also potentially create a “lame duck” board, which may impend discussions of vital district processes such as administrator and teacher evaluations, contract extensions, teacher negotiations and budget preparation. In addition, moving school board elections from spring to fall would impair a school district’s efficient operation based on a fiscal year of July 1 to June 30.

“The purpose of a locally elected school board is to have nonpartisan community members work in the best interests of our children,” said Dr. Evelyn Hill, KCKPS Board of Education President. “The current process for electing local boards of education has and will continue to serve the best interests children of Kansas.”

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

KCKPS Extends School Day for High School Students

March 7, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The four days the district closed school because of winter weather conditions have created a problem for high schools in Kansas City, Kansas in terms of meeting the number of hours high schools are required to be in session during the school year. According to the Kansas Department of Education, state law requires not less than 1,116 hours of school for students in K-11, and 1,086 for high school seniors.

In order to be certain that all Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) buildings have met the required number of hours in session, the school district will be extending the high school day through the end of the year by 12 minutes. This will add five minutes to the school-day schedule in the morning, and seven minutes in the afternoon, starting Monday, March 19. This date will be the first day KCKPS students return from Spring Break.

New start and end times for KCKPS’ high schools beginning March 19:

  • J.C. Harmon, F.L. Schlagle, Washington and Wyandotte high schools will begin at 7:20 a.m., and the new dismissal time will be 2:27 p.m. The new dismissal time for Wednesday afternoons will be 12:27 p.m.
  • Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences’ new start time will be 8:05 a.m., and the new dismissal time will be 3:12 p.m. The new dismissal time for Wednesday afternoons will be 1:12 p.m.

Bus schedules will be changed to accommodate the change in start and dismissal times for the high schools.

Please remember, the changes in start and dismissal times only impact high schools for KCKPS; elementary and middle school schedules will remain unchanged.

If parents have questions, they are asked to contact their child’s school.

KCKPS to Host Groundbreaking Events for School Improvements

March 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will host three groundbreaking events on Thursday, March 8, to celebrate the kick-off to the construction of a new middle school, as well as, security upgrades and classroom additions at two of the school district’s elementary locations. 

These projects are made possible because of the voter-approved $235 million zero-tax increase bond initiative. The community’s voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of the bond initiative in 2016 - paving the way for more than 80 much-needed projects for the school district. “Thank you again Kansas City, Kansas voters for this tremendous vote of confidence in our school district and investing in the future of our students,’’ said KCKPS Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane. “These improvement throughout our district will benefit our students and contribute to them being one step closer to graduating Diploma+,” she said.

The groundbreaking events will feature remarks and the ceremonial turning of the dirt by the KCKPS officials, and representatives of the school district’s Community Vision Team and elected officials.

Here are the groundbreaking events:

  • Gloria Willis Middle School event will be held at Coronado Middle School, 1735 N. 64th Terrace, at 10 a.m.

    The future new middle school is named in honor of Gloria Willis, a long-time school district educator, administrator and Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education member who passed away in 2016. The new middle school, to be housed on the land of the existing campus of the current Coronado Middle School, will be built to accommodate the population of students from both Coronado and West middle schools. The structure will be approximately 127,000 square feet and will house about 750 students. Among the standout features of the new two-story facility are 30 classrooms, including a science room and prep area; flex and open collaboration space in each wing and a media center, just to name a few. Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2018 with completion scheduled for the 2019-2020 school year.  The project architect is Hollis + Miller Architects.
  • Stony Point North Elementary School, 8200 Elizabeth Ave., at 10:45 a.m.

    The school will receive new classrooms and security upgrades to the building, including the upgraded entrance adjacent to the office.  Construction started in January and is scheduled for completion in July, 2018. The project architect is HTK Architects.
  • Claude Huyck Elementary School, 1530 N. 83rd St., at 11:30 a.m.

    The school will receive new classrooms and security upgrades to the building, including an upgraded entrance adjacent to the office. Construction started in January and is scheduled for completion in July, 2018. The project architect is HTK Architects.

The district’s construction partner for the projects 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.