Board of Education Highlights for Thursday, December 20

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Board of Education approved several key positions for the district at the December 20 meeting held via conference call in the Central Office & Training Center. 

Dennis Covington has been named as the district’s new chief financial officer. Prior to accepting this role with KCKPS, Covington was the chief financial officer of Union County Public Schools in Monroe, North Carolina, where he had been responsible for planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing and evaluating the organization’s fiscal function and performance since May 2017. 

Before his role at Union County Public Schools, Covington worked for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from August 1997 to May 2017, where he worked his way up the ranks. His last position at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was executive director of budget and evaluation, but he has also served as assistant budget director, budget specialist, and budget analyst for the school system located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

He has a wealth of financial experience. This includes 35 years of experience managing financial operations of multi-million to billion dollar budgets; directing and planning financial operations; and managing automated financial systems.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from East Carolina University. Through the United States Air Force, he attended Budget Officers School; Staff Officers School, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Finance Officers Training. 

Covington will begin his new role at Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools on January 14, 2019.

Please join the district in welcoming him to his new role with the school district. 

  • Other approvals taken by the board include the following:
    • Dr. Eva Tucker-Nevels will serve as district improvement officer, effective January 2, 2019. She is currently serving as an executive director for the district. 
    • Dr. Stephen Scraggs, principal at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science will have special assignment duties during the 2018-19 school year, effective January 2, 2019. As a result of this assignment, Rick Malone, the vice principal of Sumner Academy, will serve as the acting lead administrator during the 2018-19 school year, effective January 2, 2019.
  • Resignations were accepted by the board including that of Dr. Jayson Strickland, deputy superintendent, which will become effective on February 1, 2019.

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, December 11

During the December 11 Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Board of Education meeting, the board approved and/or heard reports on the following items:

  • The construction manager at risk for the new Central Kitchen spoke to the board about their process for working with potential construction partners on the project, as well as the school district and the community.

  • The school district accepted an audit of the financial records of the school district from Mize, Houser & Company, PA. The annual audit found no material weakness or concerns for KCKPS. This means that the financial statements were presented in a fair and accurate manner. Click here to read the audit.

  • Human Resources Department continue to make progress in reducing the amount of vacancies at the school district. Recruitment Summary for December 2018:
    • 98.7 % of Certified vacancies filled
    • 5 General Education Teacher vacancies
    • 22 SPED Teacher vacancies
    • 3 current offers extended

Additionally, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library introduced an innovative new app for students and the community to access data, books and other resources. To download the new app, search KCKPL on the App Store and Google Play. 

The board was treated to a special video and presentation on the need for recycling in their school by the members of the Mark Twain Elementary School Student Council. Photo below is of the Mark Twain students and members of the school’s faculty.

Mark Twain Students and Faculty

The meeting can be viewed here.

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. 

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, October 30

The board approved the proposal for the purchase of an Active Shooter policy that would cover all of the district’s schools, as well as held an executive session to receive an update on the Human Resources Department’s audit and to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation.

Click here to view the video.

Board of Education Highlights for Saturday, October 20

The Board of Education held a retreat at the Central Office and Training Center where they heard a presentation about teamwork, culture and their work styles. During the meeting, the board heard and presentation about student achievement and plans to reach academic goals.

Click here to view the board meeting and information about academic achievement.