Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Kansas City, Kansas School Foundation for Excellence presents the 28th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Sunflower Hills Golf Course, 122nd and Riverview Ave., Bonner Springs, Kansas.

If you are unable to participate in today’s tournament, contributions may be sent to the KCKPS Central Office & Training Center, c/o KCK School Foundation for Excellence, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66104.  Read more … 

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  • Corporate Sponsorship - $10,000 for eight players
  • Platinum Sponsorship - $7,500 for eight players
  • Gold Sponsorship - $5,000 for four players
  • Sign Sponsorship - $3,000
  • Silver Sponsorship - $2,500 for four players
  • Team Sponsorship - $700 for four players
  • Hole Sponsorship - $350
  • Individual Sponsorship - $175
  • Cart Sponsorship - $100

There will be two flights available for play:

Morning flight (limited to 24 teams)

  • Registration and continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m.
  • Shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.
  • Lunch and Awards program at 1 p.m. at the George Meyn Center

Afternoon Flight (limited to 24 teams)

  • Registration and lunch at 12:30 p.m.
  • Shotgun start at 1 p.m.
  • Dinner and Awards program at 6 p.m. at the George Meyn Center

Since 1991, the Foundation has sponsored this annual fundraiser to benefit students. Proceeds from this year’s event will provide scholarships to high school seniors and support district literacy programs. Businesses and community members can enjoy a day on the golf course while supporting students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.

For more information, please contact Susan Westfahl at 913.279.2235.

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


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

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


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

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

KCKPS Community Academy Gives Public Greater Understanding of the Operation and Initiatives of the School District

June 1, 2018


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

Are you interested in learning about our outstanding students, rigorous curriculum, highly-touted initiatives and the dedicated staff of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? The newly created KCKPS Community Academy is for you.

In this program, you’ll gain greater insight into how the school district operates, as well as learn about the programs, including our highly-touted Diploma+ initiative that focuses on graduating our students with a high school diploma plus one of the following seven endorsements:

  • Completion of at least one full year of college (18-30 credit hours)
  • Completion of an Industry-Recognized Certificate or Credential
  • At least 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

The program began as a pilot in spring, 2017.  The concept was developed based on community requests for a program about our public schools similar to the citizen academies operated by local law enforcement agencies and departments.

KCKPS Community Academy is open to everyone, including:

  • individuals
  • church groups
  • community organizations
  • neighborhood associations
  • civic groups

The school district is accepting applications for the afternoon and evening sessions, which will be held:

  • Sept. 6 to 25, 2018 on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1 to 4:30 p.m. (six classes)
  • Sept. 4 to 27, 2018 on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6 to 8:30 p.m. (eight classes)

The KCKPS Community Academy is an opportunity you will not want to miss. If you have questions, call Community Engagement Educator Karlean Kramer at 913.627.5616 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to apply. You can also view more important information about the program on the district website: Click KCKPS Community Academy.


Summer Meal Sites

Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Summer Meal Program sites are open. These meals are free of charge and available for the following individuals of the community:

  • Children ages 1-18
  • Anyone over the age of 18 with a disability
  • Adults who accompany a participating child

An updated list of summer sites can be found at our website,, under the Summer Meals section.