Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, September 25

The Board of Education received an update on  several of the projects associated with the 2016 zero-tax-increase bond initiative. Here are some of those construction updates:

  • Parker Elementary School and William Allen White School will merge into a new school that will open during the 2020-2021 school year. A naming committee for the new school has been selected and is underway. The school’s recommended new name is tentatively scheduled for approval at the October 23 Board of Education meeting.
  • Brune Elementary School named after Lowell Brune will begin construction in January 2019 at the site located at 88th and Waverly. This new school will be the result of the merging of White Church and Bethel Elementary schools.
  • Carl B. Bruce Middle School is expected to receive bid results in October and begin construction in November. The board voted to name the new building for Northwest Middle School as Carl B. Bruce Middle School. The board made the decision in May 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.
  • J.C. Harmon High School’s secure entry and storefront redesign construction will begin in the summer of 2019.
  • John Fiske Elementary School’s room additions will begin construction in December.
  • Wyandotte High School’s kitchen space has been installed in their new academy space that focuses on the culinary arts.
  • The building of the Gloria Willis Middle School, Welborn Elementary School and the additions to Grant Elementary School are all progressing on time. See photos of these project and more at

During the meeting, the Human Resources Department shared their annual report with statistics and employment facts about the school district during the last school year.

Here are a few facts from the 2017-18 school year:

  • 84% of employees were retained
  • 2,069 is total number of certified employees
  • 1,455 is total number of classified employees
  • 145 is total number of administrators
  • 9,969 candidates completed an employment application
  • The largest number of applicants came from the following states
    • Kansas
    • Missouri
    • Texas
    • Florida
    • Oklahoma

To see more information, click 2017-2018 Annual Report Human Resources  to read the report.  

The meeting was also a time to welcome new staff to the campus Police Department. Those individuals who took the oath of office were Officer Jake Samuelson, Officer Mark Scheetz and Officer Jeffrey Johnson.

Dr. Foust swearing in three new officers at the Board meeting

Officers after being sworn in, posing with certificates

Click here to view the meeting.