Board of Education Highlights – April 10, 2018

The board received an update on the tremendous progress associated with the opening of the Welcome Center on April 9 and the first class of Saturday Family Language Academy. The Welcome Center is a one-stop shop for families new to the school district to enroll their children in our schools. The Saturday Family Language Academy are classes for the entire family to learn English in a relaxed environment. The next Academy will be held in the fall 2018.

Several athletes and coaches were honored in the areas of basketball, wrestling, and bowling at the high school level. Congratulations to all of our athletes on another wonderful season.

Kansas City, Kansas Baptist Ministers Union members, an association of ministers leading about 36 congregations in Wyandotte County, spoke to the board about the importance of the selection of a superintendent. They asked for community representation, including the Baptist Ministers Union, in the process to narrow the pool of applicants for the interview process and the finalist selection. There was also an expression of concern about the timeline to have a superintendent in place by July 1, 2018.

The board heard about actions of the state legislature regarding school finance.

  • Substitute for Senate Bill 423 was approved by the Legislature last weekend.
  • An error was discovered in the Substitute for Senate Bill 423 that would reduce general state aid by about $80 million. Legislators will attempt to correct the mistake during the wrap-up session, which begins on April 26.
  • April 30, 2018: The deadline set by the Kansas Supreme Court for the state to pass legislation to meet the adequacy requirements of the Constitution, and for both sides in the school funding case to prepare their briefs (arguments) for the court.
  • May 22, 2018:  The Kansas Supreme Court will hold a hearing to determine whether the Substitute for the Senate Bill will satisfy the constitutional requirement for adequacy.

Remember you can see the meeting in its entirety by:

  • Viewing the board meetings at www.youTube.com/KCKPSTV.
  • Watching the rebroadcast of board meetings on Spectrum Channel 18 and Google Fiber Channel    145 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.
  • Viewing Archived Board Meeting Highlights on the website.

 

Board of Education Highlights – March 20, 2018

The board approved an agreement with Williams, Spurgeon, Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, Inc. to design the new centralized kitchen, which will be used to cook and distribute food districtwide, as well as serve as a learning environment for students in the culinary arts program. In a matter related to the building of the centralized kitchen, the board asked staff to rebid the construction manager for the central kitchen. As a reminder, the central kitchen is being relocated because that property will be used for the new Northwest Middle School, which when started is scheduled for completion for the 2021-22 school year.

The board heard the results of a report commissioned by the state legislature regarding school finance. Two major findings of the report state:

  • Kansas schools spend their dollars more efficiently for education than any other state
  • Up to $2 billion more in funding for education is needed in order to reach the state board outcomes, including graduation rates and test scores on state assessments

Two dates that are of significance to school finance:

  • The end of the regular session for the Legislature is Friday, April 6, 2018.
  • The Kansas Supreme Court has set a Monday, April 30, 2018 deadline for the State to pass legislation to meet the adequacy requirements of the Constitution, and for both sides in the school funding case to prepare their briefs (arguments) for the court.

Remember you can see the meeting in its entirety by:

  • Viewing the board meetings at www.youTube.com/KCKPSTV.
  • Watching the rebroadcast of board meetings on Spectrum Channel 18 and Google Fiber Channel 145 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdaysat 7 p.m.and Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdaysat 9 a.m.
  • Viewing Archived Board Meeting Highlightson the website. 

Board of Education Highlights - March 10, 2018

The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education reviewed responses to the Request for Information/Proposal for the superintendent search and selected the following firms or individuals to be interviewed:

  • HYA Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates
  • Kansas Association of School Boards
  • Ray and Associates, Inc.
  • Springsted | Waters

As you may recall on February 24, the board opened five proposals from companies and/or individuals vying for the opportunity to provide superintendent search services to the school district.

The next step in the process is for the board to interview representatives from the companies on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Central Office.

  • View the board meetings at www.youTube.com/KCKPSTV.
  • Watch the rebroadcast of board meetings on Spectrum Channel 18 and Google Fiber Channel 145 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.
  • View Archived Board Meeting Highlights on the website.

Board of Education Highlights – March 17, 2018

The board voted for Ray & Associates, Inc. to help facilitate the superintendent search process for the school district. The board chose Ray & Associates after hearing presentations from them and the following companies that were vying for the contract with the school district:

  • HYA Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates
  • Kansas Association of School Boards
  • Springsted | Waters

Continue to watch the website and social media for more information about the superintendent search process.

Remember you can:

  • ·View the board meetings at www.youTube.com/KCKPSTV.
  • ·Watch the rebroadcast of board meetings on Spectrum Channel 18 and Google Fiber Channel 145 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.
  • ·View Archived Board Meeting Highlightson the website.

Your next opportunity to participate in a “Listening Tour” event to voice to the board what’s important for the future of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is Saturday, March 31 from 1 to 3 pm in the cafeteria at Washington High School, 7340 Leavenworth Road.

Board of Education Highlights - February 27, 2018

The board decided not to renew the school district’s contract with Morgan Hunter for substitute services.  The current contract will expire on June 30, 2018. The school district will explore taking care of these services internally in the future. 

An update was presented to the board regarding the progress underway at four construction projects made possible by the 2016 voter-approved zero-tax increase bond referendum. There is work underway to prepare for building at the sites for the future Gloria Willis Middle School and the classroom additions and security upgrades at Stony Point North Elementary School and Claude Huyck Elementary School. Progress is also being made on the plumbing work at Wyandotte High School with phase 1 of the bathroom renovations underway.

There will be three groundbreaking events on March 8 to celebrate the work underway at the future Gloria Willis Middle School and the upgrades taking place at Stony Point North and Claude Huyck Elementary schools.  

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Tuesday, Mar. 20 at 5 p.m. in the Central Office and Training Center.