Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader?

April 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Fifth graders in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools are lacing up their running shoes for the annual Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader run/walk.

The annual event will take place Friday, April 29. The event brings together all KCKPS 5th grade students, Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane, district administrators and staff, and community leaders and patrons for a morning of friendly competition and physical activity. Mayor Mark Holland will be among the community leaders taking part, and a number of 5th grade parents will also be running and/or walking.

Walkers will start their one-mile route at 10 a.m. at Eisenhower Middle School and end at the Washington High School stadium. Runners will begin their two-mile route at 10:30 a.m. at Kansas City Kansas Community College and end at the Washington stadium.

Dr. Lane launched Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader in 2012 as a way to promote physical fitness to students and to encourage overall wellness.

Awards for the run will be given to the first 15 5th grade girls and first 15 5th grade boys to finish, the top 15 overall 5th grade finishers, and the school with the most students to cross the finish line before Dr. Lane.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the event.

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

KCKPS Volunteers for State Efficiency Audit to Learn New Ways to Reduce Costs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The results of an efficiency audit conducted on the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) have been released by the Legislative Division of Post Audit, the audit arm of the Kansas Legislature. KCKPS volunteered to be a part of this audit process to learn of possible ways to function more efficiently, while reaching its goals.

"Our goal in participating in this process was to help us find ways to save costs, in light of the more than $63 million reduction in our budget that we have seen over the past several years," said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of schools. "We also want to ensure that we continue to be transparent in our expenditures."

While the audit findings include a number of suggested savings and efficiency suggestions, Lane said the results did not reveal any significantly new ideas. One of the challenges, she said, was helping the auditors to understand the unique circumstances that large school districts face across the state, and how that impacts the way districts manage their funds. These circumstances include the growing age of many of the district's buildings, the diversity of the student population and their needs, and the large number of students.

The audit contains recommendations about reducing some salary costs that echo the findings of a compensation study that the district conducted several years ago. The district has already begun to implement a number of the recommendations from that study.

Lane said now that the results have been published, district administration will begin sharing them with the Board of Education and staff, seeking their input on how to implement some of these or other cost savings initiatives in the district.

The complete audit report is posted online at http://www.kslpa.org/docs/reports/R-13-008.pdf.

The Kansas Legislature, in its fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill, included a provision requiring an audit of three school districts by the end of the fiscal year. The Audit Committee asked for districts to volunteer and KCKPS stepped up as one of six to undergo the audit process. The focus of the audits is to help school districts identify ways they can reduce costs without significantly affecting the education they provide to students.

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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 - April 21, 2016

April 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., in the third floor Board room of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to assemble in retreat fashion for a workshop pertaining to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library and an update on the bond issue timeline.

Dated this 18th day of April 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

Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - March 5, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 2, 2015

Contact: David Smith, Chief of Staff, (913) 279-2242

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Educationis hereby called for Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., in the Board room on the third floor of the KCKPS Central Office andTraining Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

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 and to assemble in retreat fashion for a budget workshop. The Board members may recess into executive session under the following exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act:

(a) Non-Elected Personnel

- To protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individuals(s).

(b) Negotiations
- To protect the public interest in negotiating a fair andequitable contract.

 

Dated this 2nd day of March 2015

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 Marks a Decade of Math Relays

Elementary Students Join the Competition This Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

A decade ago, students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) began gathering for a day of friendly math challenges, known as Math Relays. Today, that event has grown into one of the largest and most popular district-wide programs. Next week, the tradition will continue with more students and more challenges, and a more competitive spirit.

KCKPS will host its 10th annual Math Relays from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 15 at Wyandotte High School. The event is expected to draw 1,100 students together for team and individual math challenges. And this year for the first time, elementary students (at the 4th and 5th-grade level) will join in.

"Bringing in the elementary students truly makes this an event that reaches across all levels in our district," said Jarius Jones, Math Relays coordinator. "Since we started Math Relays 10 years ago, we have continued to refine it and expand it to make it a true collaborative problem-solving event that builds an understanding of math in the real world."

The original premise of Math Relays was to give students extra math exercises to increase their math skills and to prepare them for assessments. It began 10 years ago with 400 students in some of the district’s secondary schools. Problems were worked on pencil and paper. Today, it involves all secondary schools plus one-third of elementary schools, and most of it is completed online. Components added over the years have included a Math Relays Hall of Fame. It recognizes students who have medaled in individual events four times throughout their secondary careers. Students inducted have their names placed on a plaque and receive a $200 college scholarship. Another facet of the event that was added several years ago is the college fair. The Kansas Enrichment Network sets up the fair to provide materials and information about area colleges. The idea is to link students to businesses and post-secondary degrees that have a math component or focus. For some students, it is their first exposure to college.

In Math Relays, secondary students will compete in four major strands: algebra, geometry, number concepts, and statistics and probability. A Sigma category also exists for students who want to compete in all strands. At the elementary level, students will all compete as teams working on project-oriented problems.

This year's event will close with an awards ceremony beginning at 12:10 p.m. for elementary competitors, and 1 p.m. for secondary competitors.

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