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KCK Board of Education Honors February Employees of the Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

February 2014 Employees of the Month.

Kevin R. Wills

"Mr. Kevin R. Wills is an outstanding custodian. He goes above and beyond what is expected from a custodian. Mr. Kevin R. Wills organizes his staff so that our school community does not have to worry about the cleanliness or safety of our building. There are many tasks that he can delegate, but if it is asked of him he takes pride in personally making sure everyone in the building gets what they need to do their job effectively. I would say Mr. Wills exhibits 'Five Star Service' under Do The Right Thing."
-- Sincerely, Elvira Randle, principal of West

Laura McNellis

"Being a retired teacher of 32 years, I know the energy and love that goes into going beyond what is required of teaching. As a grandmother of a student attending Frank Rushton, I have been exposed to a special teacher in the KCK school district. Her name is Ms. Laura McNellis, 5th grade teacher. My granddaughter is going through severe health problems and Ms. McNellis has gone above the norm to teach the class love, care and concern for Anna. These lessons will be of great value to them. Ms. McNellis dedication is something you don't see every day! She deserves Employee of the Month."
-- Sincerely, Texanna Ollenberger, grandmother

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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 - December 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 17, 2014

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

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Monday, December 22, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.in the Superintendent's Conference Room, on the third floor of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

The purpose of such special meeting shall be to approve the Human Resources Report and Recommendations and the Payment of Bills.

Dated this 17th day of December 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

2014 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 12, 2014

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

ANNUAL REASONS TO BELIEVE CELEBRATION IS NOV. 20

Twelve distinguished graduates of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) will be celebrated for their career achievements and community involvement as they are inducted into the 12th Alumni Honor Roll of the Reasons to Believe program. The induction ceremony and celebration will take place Thursday, November 20 on the first floor of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Board of Education President Dr. Evelyn Hill will welcome guests, and honorees will be introduced by the current principals of their alma maters. The Sumner Academy Chorale Seniors will perform under the direction of Becky Thomas, director. Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane will address the members of the Alumni Honor Roll. Deryl Wynn, with McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, will present the 2014 Reasons to Believe Scholarships.

The Reasons to Believe 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.

Members of the 2014 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll are:

  • Nedra Bonds, artist/social activist, Wyandotte High School Class of 1966
  • Norman Brown, jazz guitarist, Wyandotte High School Class of 1982
  • Wesley Guy Burt, artist/illustrator, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science Class of 1999
  • Phil Dixon, author/historian/speaker, Wyandotte High School Class of 1974
  • Dr. Simone Ariana Ellis, dentist, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science Class of 2001
  • Lloyd Freeman, attorney, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science Class of 2000
  • Drue Jennings, retired CEO of KCP&L, Argentine Junior/Senior High Class of 1964
  • Marcus Newsom, assistant athletic director/coach at Wartburg College, F.L. Schlagle High School Class of 1988
  • Dr. LeeRoy Pitts, retired educator, Sumner High School Class of 1951
  • Harold Simmons, retired police detective, Wyandotte High School Class of 1965
  • Dr. Jayson Strickland, KCKPS administrator, Washington High School Class of 1989
  • Dr. Christi Walter, health systems scientist, J.C. Harmon High School Class of 1976

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.

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

KCK Board of Education Honors December Employees of the Month

December 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

December 2013 Employees of the Month.

Steve McGill

During my time with the district, I was fortunate to work with Steve as he assisted in many areas needing his expertise as a mechanic and welder.  Regardless of the request, Steve was the picture of professionalism.  Along with being a mechanic, Steve is an expert welder.  He has fixed and put back together anything and everything from metal desks, to xylophones to equipment for students who are vision impaired.  He truly loves his work and works to make the life of others happier and easier thru his contributions.  I am honored to call Steve my friend and colleague.  He is truly one of a kind.
-- Sincerely, Theresa Van Goethem, consultant

Tammy Haught

Tammy Haught is a great 3rd grade teacher at Whittier Elementary who always goes above and beyond in her classroom.  The special touch that Tammy adds around the holidays is why I feel she should be recognized as an employee of the month.  Tammy has taken it upon herself to offer a free "holiday shop" in her classroom for the second year in a row. She has reached out for donations through her family and friends, and always obtains enough items so that each member in the household gets a gift.  What a great feeling for each student to be able to give to their loved ones during the holiday season!  Especially considering the majority of her students are from low income families.   Keep up the great work Tammy!  You are truly appreciated.
-- Sincerely, Erin Clemmons, friend

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

Learn About the Work of KCKPS at the Next Community Forum

February 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The public is invited to learn more about the initiatives and goals of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools at the upcoming Community Forum. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at J.C. Harmon High School, 2400 Steele Road.

Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane, Board of Education members and district staff will be on hand to guide the conversation, answer questions and seek input from community members.

This is the third in a series of community forums planned by the district to engage families in the educational process.

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