Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - February 24, 2018

February 22, 2018


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, February 24, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in the third floor Board room for the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

The Board shall meet to review responses to the Request for Information/Proposal and select firms or individuals to be interviewed to assist with the Superintendent of Schools search.

Dated this 22nd day of February 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - April 5, 2016

March 11, 2016


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 Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at the Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center multi-purpose room, 6565 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas.

The purpose and business of such special meeting shall be a joint inservice and discussion between the Board of Education and the Board of Trustees to include approval of a Memorandum of Understanding and an update on plans to establish common targets to support the Diploma+ Initiative.

Dated this 11th day of March 2016.

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 January Employees of the Month

January 22, 2014


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

January 2014 Employees of the Month.

Miriam Torres

"For many years at New Stanley, Miriam Torres in her role as an ESL/Bilingual aide has epitomized the contributions a school can make in a family's life. She cares for every child she encounters and encourages the best in each of them. She holds them to task when they begin to step off the directed path, but even more importantly, she celebrates each of their successes and accomplishments. It has become obvious that for many of our families, when they think of New Stanley, they are thinking of Miriam and everything she has done for them and continues to do. We have been so fortunate at New Stanley to have her level of professional knowledge in her use of Spanish and teaching expertise. We have been able to maintain professional, bilingual communication with our community for many years due to her abilities".
-- Sincerely, Ryan Most, principal

Eli Jones

"The 8th grade team of Eisenhower Middle School would like to nominate Eli Jones as Employee of the Month. He is one of the most committed teachers who we've ever met. He expresses his passion for his students and for his craft in everything that he does. Along with his regular school duties, he puts on numerous performances and takes on projects that are above and beyond his job description. He is a teacher to revere, as he values his work and his students, opens new doors to offer underprivileged youth, and works cooperatively with his peers. Additionally, he manages fundraisers to support the students' endeavors; he is the soccer coach at Eisenhower and volunteers to lead a 7th - 12th grade boy’s choir each week. Eli is looked up to by his fellow teachers. He communicates well with the rest of the staff, stays positive and always lends a helping hand".
-- Sincerely, Matt Mortensen, Poonam Sharma, Quinn White, Amy Brownlee, Cindi Thomas, Todd Buttermore, & Mary Mikijanis, Teachers

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

Kansas Transitions to Teaching Fellowships Available

Want to become a teacher in Kansas City, Kansas? Check out information about the Kansas Transitions to Teaching (KTTT) Fellowships offered as part of Kansas State University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching. Thirty $6,000 Fellowships are available to fund the transition to become an elementary teacher. Recruitment is underway for Cohort 3 of the program.  Visit for more information.


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KCKCC and KCKPS Enter Into Partnership; Creating Opportunities for Wyandotte County Students

February 1, 2018



Kelly Rogge, KCKCC Public Relations Officer, 913-288-7173

Melissa Fears, KCKPS Director of Communications & Marketing, 913-279-2225

Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) and Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) are working together to create more higher education opportunities to students in Wyandotte County.

KCKCC and KCKPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a special joint meeting Dec. 18, paving the way for a Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Partnership. The MOU outlines the guidelines and requirements for the program, which will be available to all high school students in the school district who wish to take college-level courses. These courses, unless specified, are at no cost to students of the school district.  

“In Kansas, by 2020, 72 percent of all careers will require more than a high school diploma,” said Dr.  Cynthia Lane, superintendent of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. “That’s why Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has transformed learning from what many of us know as ‘traditional’ schools to Diploma+ learning. That is why in order for us to continue the successful work of this initiative, we need partnerships like the one we have with Kansas City Kansas Community College. This new agreement will give our students the proper tools they need to continue to thrive academically and become successful adults in the workplace.”

Concurrent Enrollment Courses are those taught at the high schools during the normal school day by approved instructors. These courses will be for college credit. Dual Enrollment Courses are classes offered at the high school or college campus and may be taught by a qualified high school teacher or college professor. 

“Kansas City Kansas Community College is excited about the partnership agreement with KCKPS that creates tremendous opportunities for its students to earn college credit and technical certificates while still in high school,” said KCKCC President Dr. Jacqueline Vietti. “KCKPS’s Diploma+ goal is a shared one for the College, because when its students succeed, so does KCKCC. We are honored to be part of this milestone and look forward to future partnership initiatives that ultimately benefit the communities we collectively serve.”

Diploma+ begins in preschool building a strong foundation in academic and social emotional skills. Continuing through elementary and middle school, the program relies on project-based, hands-on learning as well as career exploration and visits to various industries and college campuses. In high school, students choose from a variety of different Diploma+ Academies that focus on specific career interests, providing students with a number of real-world experiences. The goal is for every student in KCKPS to graduate with a high school diploma and at least one of the following Diploma+ endorsements:

  • Completion of at least one full year of college (18-30 hours)
  • Completion of an Industry-Recognized Certificate or Credential
  • At least a 21 on the ACT or 1060 on the SAT
  • Completion of the IB Diploma Programme or Career-Related Programme
  • Acceptance into the Military
  • Completion of a Qualified Internship or Industry-Approved Project
  • An Approved Plan for Post-Secondary Transition

KCKPS students can complete one or more of the endorsements at no cost to them or their families. Learn more at

About Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools: The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is a nationally recognized urban school district that serves approximately 22,000 students. With a Head Start program, three preschools, 30 elementary schools, 8 middle schools and 5 high schools, the district serves a wonderfully diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 75 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students. To serve those students, the district employs more than 3,800 staff, including more than 1,600 teachers. The vision of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the “Top 10 School Districts in the Nation.” Our goal is that "Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in a global society, and at every level, performance is on track and on time for success." To help our students achieve this goal, the district is implementing a district-wide initiative called Diploma+. Learn more at

About Kansas City Kansas Community College: Kansas City Kansas Community College is a public, urban, open-door and comprehensive community college committed to excellence in education, while serving approximately 9,800 students annually. Through an accessible and supportive learning environment, the college mission is to provide higher education and lifelong learning to those in Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties as well as the surrounding communities. KCKCC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs at our three campuses and online, through flexible course offerings to meet the need of our diverse student population. During the 2016-17 academic year, KCKCC awarded 1,010 degrees and certificates.