State Trying to Balance Budget on Backs of Children


June 9, 2015

Contact: David A. Smith, chief of staff, (913) 279-2242

As they struggle through the 110th day of a 90-day session, the Kansas Legislature is once again considering major cuts to education funding across the state. These cuts would have a devastating effect on the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, reducing funding for the 2015/16 school year by $10.8 million (which would be on top of the more than $2 million in cuts the district has already received.)

“We were shocked when we heard that cuts of this magnitude were being discussed,” said David A. Smith, Chief of Communications and Governmental Affairs for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. “These proposed cuts, which come on top of reductions that came with the switch to Block Grant funding, would be devastating.”

In March, Governor Sam Brownback signed legislation that eliminated the school finance formula, and replaced it with a plan for Block Grants, which froze funding at 2014/15 fiscal year levels for the next two years.

The current cuts are being proposed as the Kansas Legislature tries to close a more than $400 million budget deficit. So far, numerous proposals to raise the sales tax in order to close the deficit have failed in the Legislature by wide margins.

“Kansas has always been a state known for its strong public schools,” Smith said. “Now, in publications across the country, Kansas is being identified as a prime example of how NOT to budget. While the rest of the country is clear that the reason for the current deficit is the irresponsible tax cuts passed in 2012, the Kansas Legislature continues to talk about balancing the state budget on the backs of its most vulnerable citizens, its children.”

While the district has no contingency plan to deal with cuts of this magnitude, Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane intends to discuss the issue with the Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

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

Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - June 18, 2018

June 15, 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 Monday, June 18, 2018, at 12:00 p.m., in the third floor Board room of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the Board shall accept a report on the development of the KCK Public Library 2018-2019 budget and the proposed renovation of the Main Library. The Board may recess to Executive Session for consultation with the Board's attorney on a matter protected by the Attorney Client Privelege pursuant to an Attorney Client Exception to the Kansas Open Records Act.

Dated this 15th day of June 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Meet the Finalists for KCKPS Superintendent Position on June 20 and 21

June 15, 2018


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

The public is invited and encouraged to attend two Meet-and-Greet sessions with the two finalists for the superintendent position at Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The names of the finalists, along with photographs and biographies, will be released on Tuesday, June 19.

The Meet-and-Greet sessions will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the board room at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 20 – Meet the first finalist
  • Thursday, June 21 – Meet the second finalist

These sessions will present opportunities for the public to talk with the finalists, submit questions to them, and leave written comments for the board about them. Those written comments will be delivered to the board who will not be present at the sessions.

The board will interview the finalists in executive sessions at 6:15 pm. on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21.

If you have questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 913.279.2235

Click here to download the Meet and Greet Flyer.

ROTC Cadets to Assemble for 9/11 Commemoration


Contact:  Cmsgt. Ira McKinney, aerospace science instructor at Washington High School, (913) 627-7908

To honor the fallen victims of 9/11 and pay tribute to the United States, more than 300 Air Force Jr. ROTC cadets at Washington High School will host their annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony Wednesday, September 11 beginning at 7:30 a.m. in front of the school.

"We want to honor those who we lost on that day 12 years ago," said Command Sergeant Ira McKinney. "We'll never forget. We're going to keep their memories alive with our ceremony."

Cadets will present arms, raise and lower the flag to half-staff, observe a moment of silence and play taps. Student commander Shawneesha Clayborn will speak on behalf of group.

This is the ROTC's 8th annual remembrance ceremony.

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

Nominations Sought for Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll


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, 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