Board of Education Highlights for Monday, August 6

During the August 6 special Board of Education meeting, the board approved the hiring of employees in keeping with their strategic priorities of a high performing workforce in the school district.

Click here to view the meeting.

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, July 31

During the July 31 Board of Education meeting, the board reviewed the Notice of Hearing and approved resolutions for the 2018-19 budget – another step further in approving the new budget. As you may recall on July 24, the board approved publishing the notice of hearing for 10 days in the district approved newspaper, The Record. This document will be in the paper from August 2 – 12.

Other important budget dates:

  • August 14 – Public Hearing of the Budget – Approve the Budget
  • August 25 – Submit Approved Budget to the County Clerk and Kansas State Department of Education

Click here to view the meeting.

 

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The board heard about all of the exciting bond project updates happening at schools throughout the district. The plumbing work at Wyandotte High School and Sumner Academy, the new academy spaces at the high schools, just to name a few. Look for pictures on social media soon showcasing these new projects that will be completed in time for the opening of school.

Recruitment is underway to fill some positions throughout the district. While the majority of positions have been filled, the Human Resources Department is hard at work hosting Career Fairs and interviewing candidates. Click here to learn about upcoming dates of these events.

In other actions, the board:

  • Approved a 2% raise and a 5% benefit increase for library staff, which is the same percentages as other District 500 Classified staff. The board also approved a process for updating salary schedules, job descriptions and recommendations for library policy during the first semester.
  • Accepted informational report on the state budget workshop. The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) provides annual budget meetings for all school districts to review current legislative actions that impact funding and provides an overview of state budget documents. These meetings are held in correlation with the release of the state budget forms to ensure that all districts understand any changes and expectations for successful completion of the district’s budget and meet the statutory deadlines for submission. The budget forms are updated annually to be aligned with any new statutory requirements.
  • Approved the Notice of Hearing or Code 99 for the 2018-1019 Budget as submitted by Dr. Kelly Mather, chief operating officer of the school district. As a reminder, here are the remaining budget dates: (These dates may change.)
    • August 2 – Publish Notice of Hearing (10 days)
    • August 14 – Public Hearing of the Budget – Approve the Budget
    • August 25 – Submit Approved Budget to the County Clerk and KSDE

To view the meeting in its entirety, click July 24.

Board of Education Highlights for Friday, July 27, 2018 

The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education accepted the resignation of Dr. Julie Ford who has graciously served in the role of interim superintendent  of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) since July 1.  The board and staff of the school district wish Dr. Ford well in her return to retirement and appreciate her work on behalf of the school district. 

Dr. Jayson Strickland, the deputy superintendent of KCKPS, has been appointed as acting superintendent until the district’s new superintendent Dr. Charles Foust begins his employment.  The school district looks forward to welcoming back its students and employees for the start of a great new school year.

The announcements were made during a special meeting of the board held at noon on Friday, July 27, in the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

For more information, contact the Superintendent’s Office at 913.279.2235

To hear the board meeting which was held via telephone, click July 27.

Click here to view Dr. Ford’s resignation letter.

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, July 10

 

Annually, the board reorganizes with the election of officers as well as approves several appointments and actions necessary for the 2018-19 school year. Here are some of those actions: 

Officer Elections

  • Dr. Valdenia Winn has been elected the president of the KCK Board of Education. 
  • Ms. Wanda Brownlee Paige has been elected vice president of the KCK Board of Education.

Appointments

  • The board approved the following appointments:
    • Susan Westfahl, clerk
    • Bridgette DeSmet, deputy clerk
    • Raquel Ayala, deputy clerk
    • Greg Goheen, legal counsel
    • Kristen Woodbury, treasurer
    • Brad Isnard, deputy treasurer

KCK Board of Education Meetings

  • The board also approved a resolution designating the official meeting time and place of the board for the 2018-19 school year.The board will meet at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, effective August 1, 2018, at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59thSt.
  • The following are exceptions to those meeting dates:
    • The second meeting in December will be canceled.
    • The first meeting in March will be canceled.
    • The second meeting in March will be held on the third Tuesday.
    • The first meeting in July will be canceled.
    • The second meeting in July will be held on the third Tuesday. 
  • The following are dates and locations of 2018-19 meetings held in other locations that will begin at 8:30 a.m.:
    • September 11: J.F. Kennedy Elementary School, 2600 N. 72ndSt.
    • October 9: Harmon High School, 2400 Steele Road
    • November 13: Central Middle School, 925 Ivandale
    • February 12: John Fiske Elementary School, 625 S. Valley

These meeting are open to the public except as otherwise provided by law. 

2018-19 School Hours

  • The board approved a resolution establishing a school term consisting of the following:
    • Not less than 465 school hours for pupils attending kindergarten
    • Not less than 1,116 hours for students in grades first to 11
    • Not less than 1,086 school hours for students in grade 12 
  • Board budget decisions
    • Approved and reinstated $5,000 for convocation for a total of $15,000. This is an annual event to welcome staff back to school. 
    • Approved and reinstated $4,000 to pay for board members to attend community-wide events and promote positive relationships. 
    • Approved $40,710 for transportation costs associated with the Saturday Academy.

The additional budget decisions were the result of the board members meeting one-on-one with Dr. Ford to help close the gap and balance the budget.

  • Important budget dates (These dates could change.):
    • July 19 – Release of Budget Forms
    • July 24 – Possible approval of the Notice of Hearing
    • July 31 – Special Meeting – possibly to Approve the Notice of Hearing – Code 99 to publish the budget for 10 days
    • August 2 – Publish Notice of Hearing (10 days)
    • August 14 – Public Hearing of the Budget – Approve the Budget
    • August 25 – Submit Approved Budget to the County Clerk and KSDE

 

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