Board of Education Highlights - Tuesday, May 29 

The Board of Education renewed several Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) and/or contracts with the following organizations for the upcoming school year:

  • A MOU was approved with the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Kansas Family Medicine Foundation and Communities Creating Opportunities for the BullDoc Clinic located at Wyandotte High School. The BullDoc clinic was established to provide all Wyandotte students, including those without health insurance, school-based primary care services and mental healthcare. Among the services provided by the school-based health center are physicals, mental health care, acute illness visits, and wellness checks.
  • A MOU was approved with PACES Inc. to provide behavior consultation services the schools districtwide. The program also provides services to Wyandot Academy students through the placement of a school-based therapist creating opportunity for student who otherwise would not be able to engage in mental health services due to various barriers. As you may recall, the state legislature appropriated funds for the Mental Health Intervention Program for six participating pilot districts. Our school district is entering into the agreement with PACES as the local community mental health center and will act as the fiscal agent for the program.
  • A MOU was approved for ThrYve (Together Helping Reduce Youth Violence), an initiative of the University of Kansas Medical Center and the Center for Community and Health Development to provide school and community-based violence prevention services.
  • A contract was approved between Parents as Teachers and Children’s Mercy West Clinic to provide early childhood well-check and screening services to students. This collaboration allows the school district to reach more children before the age of three years who are termed at-risk entering kindergarten unprepared.

The board also voted to name the new building for Northwest Middle School as Carl B. Bruce Middle School. The board made the decision after hearing the survey results regarding the renaming of Northwest Middle School and information about the significance of each name being considered for the school. Two names, out of about 10 iterations of names, were placed on the survey for consideration. Those names: Northwest Middle School and Carl B. Bruce Middle School. The committee working on this project consisted of school district staff, leadership and staff from Northwest, parents and community members. 

The board approved the selection of McCown Gordon as the construction manager at-risk for the New Central Kitchen Facility.  The new kitchen will be located at 5640 State Ave. The facility will be used for cooking, distributing food districtwide and a learning environment for students involved in the culinary arts program.  

The board approved the insurance renewal package, which is a 3% increase or $37,313, for all insurances, including property, crime, general liability, professional liability, automobile, excess workers’ compensation, errors and omissions, fine arts, boiler and machinery and underground storage tanks.  The board also agreed to obtain more information about an Active Shooter Policy.

The following are a few of the updates provided about the bond projects (Visit bond.kckps.org):

  • Arrowhead Middle School – remodeling is underway for new teacher spaces
  • Welborn Elementary School - students participated in a beam signing event.
  • Wyandotte High School – more than half way completed with all of the plumbing work
  • Stony Point North – reworking the nurse’s office as well as pouring concrete for the roof
  • JC Harmon –working on the Academy spaces
  • Washington High School – completing Academy Spaces in the next weeks
  • Coronado Middle School – students participated in a beam signing event for the new Gloria Willis Middle School
  • Grant – a groundbreaking ceremony was recently held to usher in the beginning of work at the school

The board heard a report on recruitment efforts in the school district, including where those efforts were focused and outcomes. A report on the district’s partnership with Prep-KC was also a part of the board meeting.

District staff should look for a Listening Tour to be held in June for employees to share opportunities with the board.

To view the meeting in its entirety, click May 29. 

To view information pertaining to the budgetary development decisions impacting the 2018-19 Budget: view the May 24 Special Meeting and the May 14 Special Meeting.

Board of Education Highlights - April 23, 2018

During the April 23, 2018 special Board of Education Meeting, there was a discussion of the survey results for the superintendent search.  There were 576 responses to the District Review Survey and 839 responses to the 30 Qualities Survey.  The online surveys were advertised by local media and shared on the district’s website and social media pages.

The board reviewed the Superintendent Search flier that will be published to inform candidates about the school district and application and selection process.

Before the flier can be released, the Board will have to approve the following changes to the job description for the Superintendent of Schools during their April 24 meeting:

  • Change “Earned Doctorate required” to preferred
  • Change “A minimum of three years as a teacher, building administrator and district-wide administrator” to Preferred experience as a teacher, building administrator and district-wide administrator.

Making these changes will widen the candidate pool according to the district’s Superintendent Search consultants, Ray and Associates, Inc. Once approved the Superintendent Search flier will be added to the district website.

The board is also expected to discuss the possibility of an interim at their May 8, 2018 Board of Education meeting during executive session.

View the April 23 meeting here.

Board of Education Highlights from Monday, May 8

The Board congratulated several students who are the recipients of a number of recognition and awards that include:

  • Music Students Earning State Honors
  • Scholarship Recipients
    • The Lane Family Scholarships
    • The Roy Vanoy Memorial Scholarship
    • KCK Foundation for Excellence Scholarships
    • Troy Hodges Memorial Scholarships
    • Reasons to Believe Scholarships
    • The Wyandotte Masonic Lodge Scholarships
    • Virginia E. Shinkle Scholarships
    • The Promise of Learning Scholarships
    • KC Scholars

There were also recognitions for students participating in Robotics as well as the Debate and Forensics Students earning state honors. The Board recognized the Students of the Month and the Employees of the Month for May. 

Click here to see the list of award recipients and honorees and view the video to see them honored at the meeting. Congratulations to all of our students!

Additional actions:

  • Hiring a consultant to conduct an internal audit of Administration. There will be a three-member subcommittee formed to work on the details of the audit to bring to the board for approval.
  • The board would like a report before a discussion on May 29 to learn how Administration is approaching the hiring of substitute teachers. During the next regularly scheduled board meeting, this matter will be discussed.
  • Updated Policy BCBH – Change in the policy will now read: Unofficial minutes shall be sent to the board proofread, edited and error free within 7 days after each meeting.
  • Listening Tour will be held in June to give others an opportunity to participate in the process. A date has not been set for this event.

To view the meeting in its entirety, click May 8. 

Board of Education Highlights - May 10, 2018

The Board of Education heard about JE Dunn Construction’s inclusion program, community engagement, the dynamic work the company is doing with our students in classrooms and the progress of the school district’s bond projects. The presentation was held during a special meeting of the Board at the JE Dunn Construction Logistics Center, 240 W. 65th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

Inclusion Philosophy and Practices:

The company emphasized their commitment to providing opportunities for all firms interested in subcontracting with them, especially on our bond projects. The Economic Inclusion Committee, formed to help with this effort, is comprised of minority and women business organizations that support the positive utilization and development of minority, local and women business enterprises. Additionally, the company offers the following programs to champion diversity and inclusion:

  • Small business support
  • Subcontractor Management System (SMS) workshops
  • Quarterly meetings
  • MCD (Minority Contractor Development) program
  • Support to minority business enterprise and women business enterprise programs

Community Engagement:


JE Dunn staff’s work to increase community engagement is concentrated on three areas:

  • Marketplace – forging relationships that support, education, healthcare and other industries beyond just the brick and mortar of building and construction projects
  • Workforce – partnering with a variety of groups to obtain access to talent from a wide array of individuals
  • Workplace – hiring and retaining the best and brightest

Industry Connections to Students and Staff:

The company’s staff has been involved in a number of endeavors to connect students to the construction industry through site visits, presentations and internships as part of the school district’s Diploma+ initiative. JE Dunn staff is serving on advisory boards for several of the pathways, participating in career days at schools, and Junior Achievement activities – all in an effort to familiarize KCKPS students with the work of the construction industry. The company is also making connections between their partners and the school district to forge new opportunities for our students.

Bond Project Update

As you are aware, the citizens of Wyandotte County approved a $235 million zero-tax increase bond initiative in 2016. This paved the way for more than 80 much-needed projects for the school district. These improvements will benefit our students and contribute to them being one step closer to graduating Diploma+. To help us spread the news of these projects, JE Dunn has created “The KCKPS School Bond Report.”  The first issue of the quarterly newsletter highlights minority, women and local business enterprise project participation numbers to date, a spotlight on KCKPS student Rickie Bowie who is receiving hands-on experience by interning at the company, and much more.  View the May 2018 edition of The KCKPS School Bond Report.

To view the meeting in its entirety, click May 10.

Board of Education Highlights - April 24, 2018

The Board congratulated the 2020 Leadership students, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates and the Challenge Award recipients at their meeting. Employees of the Month for April were also honored.

Several bond projects were updated at the meeting, which included the following:

  • Arrowhead – installed new duct work and drywall.
  • Claude Huyck – installed block walls for the addition of six new classrooms
  • Stony Point – installed block walls for the addition of the new classrooms
  • Welborn – completed building pad, continued installation of site utilities and began footings and foundations

Read details about these projects at www.bond.kckps.org.

The Code of Conduct and Parent and Student Handbook changes were discussed and the board will be sent the additional changes the Friday prior to the next board meeting.

The budget was discussed at the meeting. Some of the board members were not comfortable increasing the mill levy. They also wanted more time to consider decisions associated with the budget. A future meeting will be held on May 14 to further discuss the budget.

To view the meeting in its entirety, click here.