KCKPS Awarded Head Start Grant


Contact: David A. Smith, chief of staff, (913) 279-2242 or (913) 744-5104

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that it is the recipient of a five-year, $6.7 million per year grant to provide Head Start services for children and families in Wyandotte County. The grant will provide 560 part-day and 318 full-day slots for three and four-year-old children, and also support work with their families. KCKPS is the lead agency in a community partnership that includes churches, social service agencies, day care providers and public agencies.

"We are thrilled to receive news of this grant award," said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of schools for KCKPS. "Research clearly supports investments in supporting brain development in children's earliest years, and we are strongly committed to developing the highest quality Head Start program in the country."

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages three to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in:

  • Language and literacy
  • Cognition and general knowledge
  • Physical development and health
  • Social and emotional development
  • Approaches to learning

Head Start also supports work with families on health and safety, child development and parenting, providing them resources and knowledge to support the growth and development of their children.

KCKPS submitted the grant in October, 2013, and since then has been working hard to prepare for the possibility of receiving the grant. More than 100 staff will be hired for this grant, including early childhood teachers, teaching assistants, family service workers and site managers. The district has also been working with the current grantee, the Community Development Institute Head Start, on a plan for transition, which will take place during the month of June. Currently, the district is in the process of hosting centralized enrollment for all of its preschool slots at its Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, KS.

The grant begins June 1, 2014, and KCKPS will begin serving Head Start families on August 12, 2014.

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

Events Focus on College Financial Support for KCKPS Seniors


February 23, 2015

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

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is hosting several “Financing College” events to provide high school seniors and their families with resources to help them apply for college financial aid.

The times, dates and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at KCKPS Central Office
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Wyandotte High School
  • Monday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at KCKPS Central Office

Staff will be available to help families complete FAFSA applications (W-2 information and 2014 tax returns will be needed).  Other financial aid resources will be available.  “Financing College” events are free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

“Financing College” is sponsored by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and the College Access & Success Partners (Kansas City, Kansas Community College, Donnelly College, KU TRIO Talent Search, Kansas Kids @ Gear Up, KU Office of Financial Aid, KU Center for Educational Opportunity Programs and Prep-KC).

For more information, contact Lori Hewitt, KCKPS Post-Secondary Connections Specialist at (913) 627-2685 or at 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

KCK Board of Education Honors October Employees of the Month

October 14, 2013


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

October 2013 Employees of the Month.

"Recently the TIS department hired new hardware technicians. Shon Smith & Dwayne McFedders took all of these new members underneath their wings, with no hesitation, and showed all of them the ropes. They both showed, and continue to show, true professionalism while conducting this training. They have never waivered from their commitment or dedication to the district as a whole. They have proven that their main priorities are the student and the teachers. Before these members were hired, Shon and Dwayne (along with two others) handled the entire work load with no complaints. Their loyalty to USD 500 is second to none"
-- Sincerely, Joshua Littlejohn TIS Tech

"Rick Malone is an exceptional young teacher. His enthusiasm is contagious; he seems to be challenged to make a difference in the lives of his students. Rick is a dedicated and hard working Math Teacher, willing to take on challenges. He as our PLC leader in math has always been a dependable, motivated young man that has the drive to be successful at whatever he attempts. He is the 20/20 Leadership sponsor, working with the school's junior leadership group. He also is one of the coaches of the district champion Math Relays team. As devoted as he is to his career in preparation for class and grading, Rick still finds time to coach football and track."
-- Sincerely, Steve Howard, Teacher

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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 31, 2016

March 28, 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 Thursday, March 31, 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 budget workshop and to discuss a timeline and plans for a bond referendum.

Dated this 28th day of March 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

Six to Be Inducted into Harmon Sports Hall of Fame


February 23, 2015

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

J.C. Harmon High School will host its sixth annual Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, February 27 during halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball game. The ceremony is anticipated to begin around 7:30 p.m.

Three former athletes, one coach, and two long-time supporters of athletics at Harmon will be recognized and honored. The inductees were chosen based on their athletics at Harmon, their character, academics and citizenship.

Chosen to represent the athletes are:

  • Brett Starr – Class of 2004
    Basketball, football, track & field
    2nd in 100 at KU Relays 2004
    200 League Champ with School Record 2004
    State Champion in the 400, 2004 (3rd fastest time in the state of Kansas)
  • Byron Walker – Class of 2003.
    Track & field, football, basketball
    2002 Boys' Track & Field runner of the year
    2003 All Kansan Football Team (special teams)
  • Dimita (Jones) Smith – Class of 1983
    Basketball, Track & Field, Cross Country
    6A State Champion 800 meters 1983
    Led league in basketball points & rebounds 1983
    All State in Cross Country

Chosen for the coach’s or athletic director’s award is:

  • Coach Jo Wachter, volleyball coach from 1985-2002 (head coach from 1998 to 2002). 1998 Kansas Coach of the Year.  2000 Galyan’s Women’s Intersport Network Coach of the Year. Basketball Coach 1989-2006 (head coach from 1999 to 2006). Track & Field Coach from 1990 to present (head girls’ coach from 2008 to present).

Chosen for the Distinguished Service award are:

  • Fred and Jackie Brant (Harmon Class of 1978 and 1979, respectively). They have been strong supporters of Harmon athletics, especially during the years 1994 to 2005. They have three children who are graduates. Both were active members of the Harmon Booster club, Fred serving as president and Jackie serving as vice president.

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