F.L. Schlagle Students Presented Vision for Indian Springs Site to Unified Government Officials

May 4, 2018


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

Schlagle Students

Congratulations to the following students of F.L Schlagle High School who delivered a presentation this week to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas’s Economic Development & Finance Standing Committee meeting about what should be done with the Indian Springs site:

  • Azah Barnes
  • Amya Lynch
  • Tyrone Moore
  • Rafael Robles
  • Tylen Wallace
  • Bryan Zubia

The students met with the UG’s Mayor/CEO David Alvey prior to their presentation to discuss the vision of their plan and how they believe it would be beneficial for Wyandotte County. Their plan was based on gathering student and public opinion. The students held a Community Open House, where they gathered information from different groups of our community to determine what they believed would help the community grow.

If you want to see the meeting, visit the UG’s YouTube channel.

Click “Breaking the Cycle in KCK” Community Development Project.

Congratulations again to these students on their leadership and vision for the future of the community.

Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader?

April 26, 2016


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


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 - Time and Place of Special Meeting - May 10, 2018

May 2, 2018


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

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., at the J. E. Dunn Logistic Center, 240 S. 65th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. 

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting is for J. E. Dunn, Construction Manager at Risk for the district's 2016 bond initiative, to give Board members an update on the Small Business & Community Economic Inclusion Plan. 

Dated this 2nd day of May 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Help us Name the New Middle School

Posted Thursday, May 3, 2018 

Your help is needed to name the middle school that will be the result of building a new Northwest Middle School. The construction of the large state-of-the art building will reside down the hill from the current building and is scheduled to start construction in fall, 2018. The project, which is tentatively set for completion in time for the 2020-21 school year, is part of the 2016 zero-tax increase bond initiative.

Click here to access the survey with the two school names and the explanation of each. You can select one of the school names listed or you can add a name for consideration as well as an explanation of that name.

The survey will be open from Thursday, May 3 until Wednesday, May 8, at Noon.

The survey results will be considered in the overall decision to name the school. The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Board of Education will have the final approval of the school name.

Thank you for participating in the survey.

Link for the survey: