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Coronado Middle School's Dress for Success Day
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Nominations Sought for Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 3, 2015

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

Nominations are open for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ (KCKPS) 2015 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, part of a coordinated plan to spotlight alumni successes to encourage and inspire today’s students.

KCKPS established the Reasons to Believe program in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the district. The Alumni Honor Roll annually showcases the high caliber of graduates that the district produces and brings a select group of them together with staff, students, community members, colleagues and key leaders for a night of honors in November.

Nominees must:

  • Be graduates of a KCKPS high school
  • Be successful in their chosen business, profession or life work
  • Be a person of integrity and stature that KCKPS would take pride in recognizing
  • Have demonstrated the importance of their education from KCKPS

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KCKPS website, www.kckps.org/recognition/alumni or call (913) 279-2225 to request one. The deadline for returning nominations is Monday, June 15, 2015.

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

Rick Armstrong Selected as Chief of Newly-Formed KCKPS Police Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

At its meeting last night, the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education selected Rick L. Armstrong as the first chief of the newly-formed police department in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Armstrong, who brings more than 35 years of law enforcement experience to the job, is currently the Chief of Police for the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Chief Armstrong's experience and qualifications to assist us in forming our new police department," said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of schools. "I am confident that, with his leadership, we will be able to proceed smoothly and efficiently with the formation of our new department."

Last spring, the Board of Education voted to transition from campus security to sworn law enforcement officers, through the formation of its own police department. Other large districts in Kansas, including Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission, and Wichita, already have police departments.

"After reviewing our safety and security procedures," Dr. Lane said, "we came to the conclusion that converting to sworn law enforcement officers through the establishment of a police department was the best way to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our students and staff. Chief Armstrong has both the leadership and law enforcement experience necessary to lead us through this process."

Armstrong has served as chief of police for KCKPD since 2010. During that time, he has led the development and construction of a new police academy and Mid-Town Patrol Station, led a strategic planning process and department redesign, and led a 41% reduction in violent crime in KCK in the past five years.

Armstrong served his entire career with the KCKPD, becoming only the second cadet to rise to the rank of Chief. He was the youngest captain in the history of the department to attain rank under competitive testing, and has served in patrol, planning the motorcycle unit and community policing. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Kansas City Kansas Community College since 1991. He is a long-time resident of Kansas City, Kansas, and a graduate of J.C. Harmon High School.

Along with the establishment of the new department, Armstrong is looking forward to establishing innovative programs to enhance student, staff and building safety.

"My vision is for the new campus police department to serve as an enhancement to the school district," Armstrong said. "KCKPS has very safe schools. My goal will be to enhance district security, and to make sure that every campus is a safe environment that encourages students to become life-long learners, and adults to inspire excellence for every child, every day."

Armstrong will begin his tenure in KCKPS in February, after his retirement from the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.

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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 - June 30, 2016

June 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: David A. Smith, Chief of COmmunications and Governmental Regualtions (913) 279-2242

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 4:00 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.  Board members may attend by telephone.

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.

Dated this 28th day of June 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

Summer Food Service Program Provides Healthy Meals to Children Ages 1-18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 5, 2015

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

Serving the nutritional needs of children in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is the goal of the Nutritional Services Department. And summer is no exception. Once again this summer, the department is offering free meals to eligible youth as part of its Summer Food Service Program. (SFSP).

The goal of the program is to make food available to children in the community during a time when many of them may not have access to healthy meals. Offerings include breakfast, lunch and snacks for children ages 1-18. The meals are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as part of its Summer Food Service Program initiative.

Meals will be available in many areas throughout the Wyandotte County area, during the months of June and July, and August at some sites. Community members, whether enrolled in the district or not, can take advantage of these meals at a site near them. A listing of all the Summer Meals sites is available online at http://kckps.org/index.php/summer-menus.

The purpose of the Summer Food Service Program is to battle food insecurity in the community and state. Last summer, Nutritional Services provided more than 82,000 meals throughout the summer months, to children in the district and the community. Food insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Wyandotte County has the highest percentage of food insecurity in Kansas at 19.2%, reflecting that more than 30,000 people are unsure of where their next meal is coming from. KCKPS’ Nutritional Services Department is charged with providing meals to school aged children, especially targeting areas in which there may be little access to healthy and nutritious food.

All questions related to the Summer Food Service Program can be directed to the Nutritional Services main phone number, (913) 627-3910. 

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

Ribbon Cutting Set for Mark Twain Elementary School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly rebuilt Mark Twain Elementary School will take place Tuesday, September 10 at 4:30 p.m. The school is located at 2300 Minnesota Avenue.

Board of Education members and administrators from the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will be on hand to address staff, students and the community at the event. Tours of the building will be available and refreshments will be served. The regular Board of Education meeting will follow the ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The new Mark Twain opened this school year. The building has a total of 45,920 square feet, and can accommodate up to 322 students. There are 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.

Capital outlay funds were used for the construction of the building. (These are 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.)

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