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2013-2014 School Year Begins August 12 for Most Students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

There are two official start dates for the 2013-2014 school year for most students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS). Monday, August 12 will be the first full day of classes for K-5, plus 6th grade students at all middle schools except Northwest, and 9th grade students at Washington, Wyandotte, Schlagle and Harmon high schools. At Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, 8th grade students, plus students new to Sumner Academy, will begin classes on Monday, August 12. There will be a full day of classes for students at all grade levels on Monday, August 13.

New Stanley Elementary and Northwest Middle School follow a different school schedule. The first day of classes for New Stanley students is Monday, July 29, with an early dismissal. At Northwest Middle School, 6th grade students begin classes on Thursday, August 1. The first day for all students at Northwest will be Friday, August 2.

PreK students begin classes on Monday, August 12 with a Family Advocacy Day.

School Meals

Meal prices for the 2013-2014 are as follows:

  • $1.00 for elementary breakfast
  • $1.75 for elementary lunch
  • $1.15 for middle and high breakfast
  • $2.00 for middle and high lunch

Immunizations

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools follows state regulations regarding immunizations for students. All students MUST comply with these regulations to attend school. All students returning to school for the 2013-2014 school year must be current on their immunizations.

Parents of returning students who are in need of additional immunizations before the fall, have been notified by letter. All students should be immunized before the new school year begins.

Details about immunizations are posted on the district's website at www.kckps.org under "Departments" and "Student Health."

Enrollment

Parents of elementary and middle school students who are new to the district may call the district's Student Services Office, (913) 279-2248, with questions concerning the school their child will attend and enrollment information.

High school students who are new to the district must enroll with their parent/guardian during the New Student Enrollment period set in August at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St. Information that must be provided at the time of enrollment includes: proof of residence such as a rental agreement, escrow agreement or utility bill (phone bills do not qualify); birth certificate; immunization records; and withdrawal information from the previous school. Transcripts from the child's previous school also are helpful. Enrollment dates and times are as follows:

August 5, 2013 - 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
August 6, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
August 7, 2013 - 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
August 8, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
August 9, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Parents who have a child who is entering the school district for the first time should bring the following items with them at the time of enrollment:

  • A birth certificate for each child enrolling in kindergarten or grade one – a birth certificate or other proof of age for all other students.
  • A Kansas certificate of immunization for each child.
  • A physical exam/health assessment for each child nine years of age or younger. Those coming from another school in Kansas must present a copy of the physical health assessment when enrolling in the KCK Public Schools.
  • A report card from the sending school or authorization for school transcripts. Children must be five years of age on or before August 31 to enter kindergarten. A child enrolling in first grade who did not attend kindergarten must be six years of age on or before August 31.

 

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

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Kansas Kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Kansas school children in the Gannon vs. State of Kansas school funding case. In a 110-page document released today, the court upheld the original decision made by a three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court that the current levels of school funding are unconstitutional and inequitable.

Key points in the decision:

  • The court ruled that the plaintiff school districts had standing to pursue their claims under Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution.
  • The court affirmed the panel's rulings that the State failed to meet its duty to provide equity in public education as required under Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution, by
    • Withholding all capital outlay state aid payments.
    • Prorating all supplemental general state aid payments.
  • The court sent back to the district court panel the requirement to determine whether the state met its duty to provide adequacy in public education as required under Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution.

"This ruling has profound significance for the future of our students and students throughout the state," said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. "This decision makes clear that the legislature has a constitutional obligation to provide equitable funding for all Kansas children. We are confident that the Kansas legislature will take the necessary steps to fulfill their constitutional obligation."

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools was a lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in 2010 in Shawnee County District Court, which argued that the legislature was providing constitutionally inadequate levels of funding for schools in Kansas. A three-judge trial court ruled in January 2013 for the plaintiffs, finding that the cuts reduced per-pupil expenditures far below a level "suitable" to educate all children under Kansas' standards.

To remedy the funding shortfall, the judges ordered that per-pupil expenditures be increased to $4,492 from $3,838, the level previously established as suitable. Rather than comply, the state appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court.

This is not the first time the state has been involved in litigation for providing inadequate funding to schools. In 1999, school districts filed suit in the District Court of Shawnee County, Kansas, alleging the financing system established by the state Legislature did not meet the Kansas Constitution's requirement to "make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state." The court ruled in favor of the schools in that case, which also went to the Supreme Court. In 2005, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling.

The complete Gannon decision can be viewed online at http://www.kscourts.org/Cases-and-Opinions/opinions/default.asp.

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

Special Education Coop to Host 14th Annual Job Olympics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Cheryl McDonald, SPED Coop, (913) 627-7831

Approximately 150 students in the Wyandotte Comprehensive Special Education Cooperative will gather to learn and practice job skills in a friendly competitive environment.

The students will be a part of the 14th Annual Job Olympics, set for Friday, April 4 at the Bonner Springs PE Center. The event will take place from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Job Olympics is a competition developed to promote transition and employability skills for a broad continuum of secondary students with disabilities.

Students have the opportunity to practice skills such as sacking groceries, basic carpentry, sorting mail and folding laundry. New events this year will include: food preparation, making change with a cash register, the value of money, sending an e-mail, completing a job application online, typing a Word document, manning a condiment station and first aid. Medals will be awarded to first through third place winners in each category. All teachers also will pick a winner from their class who will receive a "Hardest Worker" medal.

For more information on the event or to sign up to be a volunteer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (913) 627-7831; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (816) 838-6920.

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

2013 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Their achievements and life-stories will be used to inspire today's students as they plan for their futures. The 2013 Class of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools' Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll has been selected.

The 12 alumni will be recognized this fall at the 2013 Reasons to Believe Celebration. The event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, November 21 at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center. The event is open to the public.

Members of the 2013 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll are:

  • Anna Lu Brune, retired from the Wyandotte County Treasurer's Office, Washington High School Class of 1948
  • Larry Drew, head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association, Wyandotte High School Class of 1976
  • Niki Economy, retired KCKPS teacher, Wyandotte High School Class of 1955
  • Joni Franklin, attorney, Washington High School Class of 1989
  • Michael Harrity, an associate athletics director at the University of Notre Dame, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science Class of 1995
  • Kevin Harvey, education consultant/US Army, J.C. Harmon High School Class of 1983
  • Herman T. Jones, II, Shawnee County sheriff, Wyandotte High School Class of 1978
  • Keith Mark, attorney, Washington High School Class of 1978
  • Linda Pendleton, retired Board of Education member/realtor, Argentine High School Class of 1964
  • Linnie Poke, KCKPS educator/principal, Sumner High School Class of 1974
  • Janelle Monae Robinson, professional musician/producer, F.L. Schlagle High School Class of 2001
  • Megan Randle-Robinson, critical care nurse and nursing instructor, Washington High School Class of 1999

Reasons to Believe was established in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the district. As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today's students. The nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges that includes members of the Board of Education, Reasons to Believe Steering Committee, students, business leaders, and a former Alumni Honor Roll recipient.

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.

To review past honor roll classes or to learn more about the program, go to www.kckps.org/recognition/alumni.

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

Shawnee District Court Rules in Favor of Kansas Kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2015

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

A three-judge panel of the Shawnee District Court has once again ruled in favor of Kansas school children in the Gannon vs. State of Kansas school funding case. In an 87-page document released today, the court found House Substitute for Senate Bill 7, known as the block grant bill, unconstitutional in providing equitable and adequate funding for Kansas school children.

Here are some of the key points in the decision:

  • The court found the block grant bill entirely unconstitutional as to adequacy noting that it “stands, unquestionably and unequivocally, as constitutionally inadequate in its funding.”
  • The court found the block grant portions relating to the funding of the equity mechanisms unconstitutional.
  • The court avoided striking the entirety of the block grant bill in order to have some funding mechanism in place for the upcoming school year.

“This ruling has profound significance for the future of our students and students throughout the state,” said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS). “This decision again reinforces the truth that the legislature has a constitutional obligation to provide adequate and equitable funding for all Kansas children. We are confident that the Kansas legislature will take the necessary steps to fulfill their constitutional obligation.”

The block grant bill was passed by the legislature in March of this year, cutting an additional $50 million in funding for schools across Kansas, and freezing funding levels for schools for the next two budget years. These reductions were on top of the cuts that school districts across the state have seen for the past seven years. The court, in its decision, noted that the changes put in place by the block grant bill could cost the district more than $3 million in funding for new students.

District officials are still evaluating the impact of the decision, and will need to wait to see how the state will implement the court’s order. Nevertheless, the decision is good news for the 22,000 children in KCKPS.

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