Nominations Sought for Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

May 16, 2016


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

Nominations are open for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ (KCKPS) 2016 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 13, 2016.

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

Retirement Reception for Dr. Lane to Be Held on June 10

Posted on May 22, 2018

Wyandotte Grad 2018 51On Sunday, June 10, a retirement reception will be held for Dr. Cynthia Lane at the KCKPS Central Office & Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. This reception is casual and guests may come and go as they wish. This reception is open to both KCKPS staff and the community.

Retirement Reception Flyer PDF

KCKPS Celebrates Groundbreaking Event for Improvements at Grant Elementary School

May 18, 2018


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

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As some students enjoyed Field Day activities, other students were turning dirt for the groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the kick-off to improvements at Grant Elementary School. Those improvements consist of security upgrades, classroom additions, and a remodel of the school’s kitchen as part of the district’s 2016 zero-tax increase bond initiative.

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The project, which will begin work in the spring of 2018, is tentatively scheduled for completion in the summer, 2018.  

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The designer is HTK Architects and the construction company is JE Dunn Construction.

For more information about the 2016 zero-tax increase bond projects, please visit or call Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools at 816.551.3200.

Sumner Recognized by ACT as ‘Exemplary’ at Improving Students’ Prospects for Success


April 24, 2015

Contact: David A. Smith, chief of staff, (913) 279-2240.

Sumner Academy of Arts and Science is among a distinguished group of schools, students and employers being recognized by ACT for exemplifying what is being done in states across the country to improve individuals’ prospects for success.

The school has been named a national semifinalist in ACT’s third National College and Career Readiness Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to bring attention to the hard work and exceptional achievements of education leaders, teachers, top employers and students.

“Sumner is honored to have been selected as a semifinalist. This is truly a testament of the hard work of both our students and our faculty,” said Jonathan Richard, Sumner principal. “Sumner prides itself on its diverse student body, high college matriculation rate, and its well-rounded course and extra-curricular offerings. It also has the largest Kauffman Scholar enrollment of any school. We are grateful to have been selected and to represent the people of Wyandotte County.”

Sumner is included in the High School category of the campaign, and is one of only four high schools in the nation being recognized for their success in college and career transition. ALL of Sumner’s seniors are admitted to a post-secondary institution, and each student participates in a minimum of two college visits by the time they graduate. All students take the ACT WorkKeys assessments, designed to measure their job-readiness skills.

“Sumner faculty routinely engage in vertically aligning ACT and International Baccalaureate data across all grades and throughout all course curriculum. It is not uncommon for an 8th grade student to be exposed to ACT and IB language and vocabulary,” Richard said. “Heavy emphasis is placed on learning from internal assessments. Data is frequently analyzed which allows faculty and students to narrow in on areas of weakness and strength. We believe this focus, along with talented faculty and academically-driven students, has strongly contributed to our students’ success.”

All national semifinalists were selected from nominations by 34 participating states across four award categories: student readiness (for students), college and career transition (for high schools), career preparedness (for community colleges), and workplace success (for employers). Each of these categories represents a critical juncture in the college and career readiness continuum.

Sumner and the other 15 semifinalists will be recognized at a gala in Washington, D.C. in June.

More details about the campaign are available at

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ACT is the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. The non-profit organization is dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success.

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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 - May 16, 2016

May 12, 2016


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 Monday, May 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., in the Board room on the third floor 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 Career Academies and to briefly discuss budget planning for the 2016-17 school year.

Dated this 12th day of May 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