Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - December 21, 2015

December 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 551-3200

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Monday, December 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., in the Superintendent's Conference Room on the third floor of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. Board members will join by telephone.

The purpose of such special meeting shall be to approve the Human Resources Report and Recommendations and the Payment of Bills.

Dated this 16th day of December 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

Dedication Ceremony Planned for the Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Tammy Dodderidge, Communications Manager, (913) 279-2225

A dedication ceremony for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools' Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 17. The preschool is located two blocks east of 67th Street on Waverly.

Watson, a guard with the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a 1997 graduate of Washington High School, will be on hand for the ceremony.

The preschool is one of three buildings that formerly housed students from Hazel Grove Elementary School, before the new Hazel Grove building opened this fall. At that time, this building was transformed into a district preschool. The Board of Education approved naming the newly designated preschool site in honor of Watson during its August 27 Board of Education meeting.

Watson attended Hazel Grove during his elementary years. He was inspired by the teachers and staff in KCKPS to pursue his dreams, and to put forth the effort and commitment that it takes to be successful. His leadership, and his ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for young people to pursue their dreams in the district that educated him, demonstrate that he has never forgotten those who molded and shaped his life.

The Earl Watson Early Childhood Center serves 147 students in both morning and afternoon sessions. 

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

Construction Complete on Two New Elementary School Buildings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Tammy Dodderidge, Communications Manager, (913) 279-2225

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will begin the 2013-2014 school year on Monday, August 12 with the opening of two newly constructed elementary school buildings.

Construction is now complete on Mark Twain Elementary and Hazel Grove Elementary. The two schools, both built during the last year, provide more updated features, and more total square footage and classroom space to accommodate growing student populations. Both buildings have been paid for from capital outlay funds, which are designated to be used for existing facilities, improvement of grounds, construction of facilities, additions to facilities, remodeling of facilities, or for the purchase or lease of equipment. There was no tax increase to community members.

Mark Twain Elementary School

The new two-story Mark Twain Elementary building was constructed with a design to complement the historic Wyandotte High School, which is located just across the street. One major change from the former structure is the front entrance, which now faces east.

The building is a total of 45,920 square feet, and can accommodate up to 322 students. It has two classrooms at each grade level large enough to house 23 to 28 students. Each classroom has its own sink and ample storage. Each has wireless access points, Apple TV and a classroom iPad for teachers and students for instructional use. The kindergarten classrooms include a restroom. There are also two "swing classrooms" designed to accommodate class size shifts.

Other features of the new building include:

  • SPED/ESL/Reading classrooms
  • 3.2 miles of data cable
  • Media library
  • Computer lab
  • Multipurpose room
  • Music/music storage room
  • Art room (with storage and a kiln room)
  • Kitchen

Hazel Grove Elementary School

The new Hazel Grove Elementary building is a two-story facility that was designed to carry forth the history of the former building and site. The site where the school stands was a former hazelnut grove, and thus the name. The new building's façade is imbedded with hazelnut trees, and the one remaining living tree on the grounds was preserved.

The total square footage of the new building is 70,394 and it can accommodate up to 550 students. It has four classrooms at each grade level and three swing classrooms to accommodate class size shifts. Each classroom can accommodate between 23 and 28 students and has its own sink and ample storage. Each has wireless access points, Apple TV and a classroom iPad for teachers and students for instructional use. The kindergarten classrooms include a restroom.

Other features of the new building include:

  • Classrooms designated for SPED/ESL/Reading
  • 5.5 miles of data cable
  • Media library
  • Computer lab
  • Multipurpose room
  • Music/music storage room
  • Art room (with storage and a kiln room)
  • Kitchen
  • Gymnasium

The new Hazel Grove building sits just southeast of the original main building, and is on the site of the former baseball field. Due to continued growth in the student population over the years, two more buildings had been added to the campus: one housed the gym and cafeteria, and the other housed grades K-1. The two west buildings have been razed, and the east building will house a preschool program.

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

Thousands of KCKPS Students to Take Part in the International Hour of Code

December 7, 2015

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

This week, more than 125 classrooms in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) will be taking part in what is being deemed as the “largest learning event in history.”

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. The week-long event celebrates Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7-13. It is sponsored by Code.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools.

KCKPS students grades 1st through 12th will be participating through on-line tutorials, assemblies and one school will have a visit from a Microsoft engineer. Some classes have plans to expand the learning into January.

“The ability to code is becoming an essential skill of the 21st century,” said Julie Leach, 21st century teacher leader, elementary. “It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting this process at a young age, students will build a foundation for success in any career path.”

KCKPS is encouraging students, teachers, parents and community members to spend an hour coding during this week. For more information go to https://hourofcode.com.

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

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

November 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: David A. Smith, Chief of Staff (913) 279-2235

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., in the Superintendent's Conference 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 approve the payment of bills for the Head Start program, approve the Human Resources Report and Recommendations, and accept as an informational item the facility study conducted by DLR.

Dated this 16th day of November 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