Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, October 23

The board congratulated the Student of the Month, Peter Van Dawt Hmung.  He is a kindergarten student at Claude Huyck Elementary School. He is known for following the character traits: Safety, Ownership, Achievement and Respect.  Congratulations also went to the Employee of the Month, Rachel Hohendorf, a third-grade teacher at Frank Rushton Elementary School. Hohendorf, who has worked at Frank Rushton for more than 20 years, supports school activities like Game Club, Student Council, Walking Wednesday, PTA Meetings, and the Talent Show. 

The meeting included an update on the progress of the bond initiative:

  • Welborn Elementary School: Among the projects underway are sheet rock and paint, gridwork for the acoustical ceilings, and installation of cabinets.
  • Gloria Willis Middle School: Classrooms are framed, 80% of masonry is completed along with the first course of roofing. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning is underway.
  • Rosedale Middle School: Working on storm and sanitary sewer systems.
  • Carl B. Bruce Middle School: The bid results were received for the building of the new middle school. There is a railroad right-of-way on the school property. The school district has been in contact with the release of the right-of-way of the property.
  • John Fiske Elementary: Bids are being received for the addition of a secure entrance, new classrooms and kitchen.
  • Schlagle High School: Bids will be sought for science classrooms and secure entrance.
  • Harmon High School: Bids will be sought for science classrooms and secure entrance.

Dr. Winn asked for the board to be updated on challenges with construction projects during future updates of the bond projects.

The board also approved the new name, West-Park, for the merger of William Allen White Elementary and Parker Elementary School. The school colors will be red and gold and the mascot will be the panther. 

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and KVC Hospitals are working together to provide training to the school district staff on how to support our students impacted by trauma. The training is made possible through a generous $175,000 grant awarded to KCKPS by the Wyandotte Health Foundation. The grant was accepted by the board at the meeting. Click here to read the district news release.

  • Each year, KVC identifies a community partner that matches their character which is built on authenticity and compassion. KVC presented Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools with a Values Award that was accepted by Dr. Charles Foust.

Click here to view the board meeting, which includes an update on recruitment and substitutes and a presentation about active shooter policies.