Notice of Change of Location of Regular Meeting - February 11

February 7, 2014


Contact: Susan Westfahl, Clerk of the Board, (913) 279-2235

In accord with the resolution amended by the Board of Education on August 13, 2013, the regular meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is scheduled for the first Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the West Middle School Auditorium, 2600 N. 44th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

Dated this 7th day of February 2014.

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

KCKPS Announces Teachers of the Year


April 21, 2015

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

For their impact on students, and their dedication to the teaching profession, two teachers in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) have been chosen as the secondary and elementary KCKPS teachers of the year. They are: Edward Franco, social studies teacher at F.L. Schlagle High School; and Kimberley Montini, 1st grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School. They were chosen from a list of Star Teachers nominated by each of the district’s schools. Their names will be submitted to the Kansas State Department of Education as nominees for the 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year.

Edward Franco


Franco demonstrates how the content he teaches works outside the walls of his classroom. He works diligently to help his students understand that the purpose of what is being taught is not just for a test, but to prepare them for life. He teaches social studies, economics, sociology and psychology at F.L. Schlagle High School.

He provides his students with the opportunity to apply their learning by participating in assigned activities that require them to come out of their academic comfort zones of completing traditional book assignments. For example, in his sociology and psychology classes, Franco recently assigned students to go into the hallways and into the Central Office to interview and survey district employees, students and the superintendent to get a better understanding of the concepts he is teaching.

He believes that innovation can be a source of inspiration and involvement. Recently, he helped launch the district’s first functional Google Classrooms: an online economics and online American government class. These online classes have the same content as the in-class courses (and are not recovery classes). These classes can free up students’ schedules to allow them to take college courses or TEC classes, putting students one step closer to the district’s Diploma+ promise.

Franco serves as the Stu-Co co-sponsor and has positively influenced the climate and culture of the school. He guides students to take leadership roles and calculated risks to change their own learning experiences.

Schlagle Principal Yolanda Thompson said, “Mr. Franco’s success can be attributed to the time he takes building relationships with his students and between students to create a safe learning environment. Everyone respects each other as they speak. Each student believes and knows that everyone has something worth sharing on all topics discussed in the class, and those who enter his class find that they become a part of the class the moment they cross its threshold.”

Franco has been teaching since 1999 and has been with KCKPS since 2012.

Kimberley Montini

Montini believes that each child has individual value and deserves a quality education. Everyday she strives to cultivate an environment in her classroom where students know they are safe to try new ideas, to struggle and to celebrate success.

Montini teaches 1st grade at Mark Twain Elementary School and has been with the district since 2011. She has also taught 2nd, 4th and 5th grades at the school.

To foster innovation in her teaching practices, Montini reads about best practice classrooms and discovering new ways to empower students. She works to implement these practices into her classroom. For example, she uses poetry and the gradual release model to help students improve their reading fluency and learn sight words. It has resulted in measurable gains by her students. She shared this method with the Literacy Lab Classroom Cohort and they also reported measurable gains as a result of this method.

To help her students “buy into” the importance of reading at home, both during the school year and the summer, last school year Montini had her students read, research and survey other classes about the importance of year-round reading. They discovered that students in urban areas living more than five blocks from their public library struggle to access books. This resulted in a petition to have the school library open weekly for two hours during the summer.

Principal Sandra Egidy said Montini’s peers seek her expertise when it comes to student literacy concerns or academic planning. “She is a highly valued team member who is very knowledgeable and respected by her peers,” Egidy said.

Montini serves on Mark Twain’s lead team, assisting with building level decisions and facilitating professional development.


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The mission of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance, and the teaching profession.

These teachers and the district’s other “Star Teachers” will be recognized at a special Star Teacher Celebration on April 29 at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center.

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

Students Take the Driver’s Seat to Get on Track to Healthy Eating


April 20, 2015

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

Students don’t always get revved up about healthy eating. But putting them in the driver’s seat can make a big difference when it comes to getting them on the right track. That’s why the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) hosts Taste of 500.

Taste of 500 is an annual food tasting fair that allows students, grades 2-11, to sample food items from a number of food service brokers and then provide feedback on the taste and quality. This year’s event will take place Wednesday, April 22 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the F.L. Schlagle High School cafeteria. This year’s theme is “On Track to Healthy Eating” which lends itself to a number of fun and interactive “pit stops” where students can learn about healthy food choices and healthy lifestyles. They will include:

  • Under the Hood: Students will try to guess different fruits and vegetables by touch.
  • Time Trials: This will be an exercise booth.
  • Fan Information: Dietitians will be at this booth to talk with students and provide them with materials about healthy eating.
  • Winner’s Photo: This will be a photo booth for students.
  • Get a Tune-Up: School nurses will be at this booth to talk with students about their health.

KCKPS is one of the largest food service providers in Wyandotte County, serving approximately 13,000 breakfasts and 16,000 lunches daily. Approximately, 900 daily snacks and 750 supper meals also feed students to keep them healthy and ready to learn.

So what are the most popular breakfast and lunch items currently being served? For breakfast it’s:

  • Pancake on a Stick
  • Chicken Biscuit.

Favorite lunch items include:

  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Pizza
  • General Tso’s Chicken and Rice
  • Breakfast for Lunch: French Toast Sticks with Sausage and Tater Tots

At this year’s Taste of 500, the emphasis will be on the quality of the food items as well as the taste. Higher protein hot breakfast items also are being sought, according to Stacy Raith, operations manager for the KCKPS Nutritional Services Department. Some items available for sampling will include egg/cheese/turkey bacon burritos, bacon/egg/cheese toast, sausage burrito, better quality pizzas, and student acceptable snacks such as goldfish puffs, oven baked chips and white cheddar popcorn.

All food items presented will be evaluated using a simple scoring technique. Positive responses will be considered for upcoming school menus, or the after school snack program.

This will mark the district’s 18th year for the food tasting event.

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

Nearly 500 Expected for KCKPS' Annual 'Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader' Race


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

For the third consecutive year, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will bring together teams of 5th grade students, district staff and city officials for a race that challenges minds, bodies and spirits.

On Friday, April 25, KCKPS will host the "Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader" two-mile race. Start time is noon.

This year's race will follow a different route than past ones. It will begin at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Water Park and end at Sporting KC stadium. The runners will follow 98th street to Francis Family Drive and go southwest to the stadium.

Teams of 15 fifth-graders are expected to participate from all 30 of the district's elementary schools. Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane and other district administrators, plus Mayor Mark Holland and other city leaders, will keep stride with the students.

Lane launched this event in 2012 as a way to promote physical fitness in students and to encourage overall wellness.

"We want our students to be the best that they can be and that means intellectually as well as physically," Lane said. "Good health plays an important role in our students' ability to learn. As well as promoting good health, this race provides them with lessons about teamwork, endurance and physical fitness."

The race has become something that 5th grade students look forward to each year. This week, Lane started building excitement by having a practice run with students at J.F. Kennedy Elementary School.

The first 15 students, and top three adults to cross the finish line in the race will receive medals. At the conclusion of the race, teams of students and adults will compete in an academic 4x4 relay, where they must answer curriculum questions correctly before proceeding on their leg of the race.

Fifth graders not competing in the race will be seated in Sporting KC stadium to cheer on their classmates and teachers.

This year's event is expected to draw more than 500 runners.

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

Special Education Teacher Recruitment Fair

May 2, 2016


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

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is seeking licensed special education teachers for the 2016-17 school year. Teachers are needed for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school, as well as adaptive PE, deaf and hard of hearing, visually impaired and more.

Interested persons can get more information by attending the Special Education Teacher Recruitment Fair set for Thursday, May 5 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St.

Before attending the fair, interested persons should:

  • Complete an application online at
  • Call (913) 279-2262 to reserve an interview time
  • Bring a current resume and an unofficial transcript

Financial assistance may be provided to a limited number of general education teachers to pursue coursework to obtain licensure to teach special education.

For more information, contact Human Resources at (913) 279-2262 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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