Board of Education

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The KCKPS Board of Education (from L-R): Board President Brenda Jones, Wanda Paige, Harold Brown, Maxine Drew, Dr. Stacy Yeager, Janey Humphries, and Board Vice President Dr. Valdenia Winn.


As of February 13, the board meetings will now be available on www.YouTube.com/KCKPSTV.

View the July 3 board meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kgL-moGcPI&t=1s

 

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.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be at 4 p.m. on July 24.

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, July 3

 

The meeting began with Dr. Julie Ford, interim superintendent for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS), thanking everyone for the opportunity to serve in her temporary new role at the school district. She also talked about her responsibility of being “the caretaker” of the school district until Dr. Foust starts his new position as the district’s superintendent. Dr. Ford’s contract is for 30 – 60 days. Her personal philosophy, she says, is to “expect the best, see the good, believe and help in any way I can.”

She went on to say, “You have great staff members who are willing to go the extra mile and many folks said I am here to help Dr. Foust so that he can be successful.”  “I worked for the Kansas State Department of Education and a lot of the districts are looking at KCKPS and what you have done; an example is Diploma+, which fits in with transitioning students to work,” said Dr. Ford.

The board took the following action on July 3:

  • Approved Human Resources Report, which hired a range of employees, including teachers, substitute teachers, counselors, etc., for the 2018-19 school year. The board also accepted retirements and resignations.  
  • Approved the Salary Schedule for employees, which included some positions moving to new classes. Among some of the changes: 
    • Plumbers were moved to a new class with pipefitters, and electricians, which expanded the pay range to include all of the new positions.
    • Payroll/accountants were moved to a new category that best represent the responsibilities of the positions. 
    • Student services specialists were moved to a new class. These are individuals who work in areas, such as truancy, transcripts, and alternative prevention.
  • Budget decisions
    • As a result of budget needs and new funding provided by Senate Bill 423 ($5,816,111), available funds that the board needed to approve for allocation totaled $15,493,111. This amount does not account for the courts request to have the Kansas State Legislature calculate inflation dollars into the school finance formula. 
    • Following the initial board allocations, expenditures exceeded the availabledollars by $687,382.  Dr. Kelli Mather, the school district’s chief operating officer, made further recommendations to the board to come closer to balancing the budget, still exceeding available funds by $161,387. 
    • Going forward, the board will need to:
      • Determine how to fund social workers in future years. The $1,890,000 used this year is a one-time transfer from the Contingency and Special Reserve funds. 
      • Prepare for the possibility that the Mental Health Pilot, which is part of SB423, may not be continued in future years. This would mean that the district will need to find a permanent way of funding these 11 social worker positions at approximately $840,000. 
      • Continue discussion on security and law enforcement positions in the school district. (There was a detailed discussion of this topic with the board by Chief Horn, police chief for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.)
    • Board members are meeting one-on-one with Dr. Ford to list potential cuts to the budget to help close the gap and balance the budget. Those meeting began the day following the board meeting.
    • Important budget dates (These dates could change.):
      • July 19 – Release of Budget Forms
      • 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 3.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be on July 10.

 

About the Board of Education

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is governed by a seven-member body of citizens elected by the voters of the school district. These seven members are charged with making sure that the school district operates in the best interests of the students and the community. All members serve without pay.

The board of education is the school district's governing body, as set forth in state and federal law. The board is responsible for setting district policy, adopting an annual budget, and approving of general district matters, including personnel, curriculum, facilities, and other district business matters. The board is responsible for hiring the superintendent of schools, and is responsible for overseeing the superintendent's duties and performance.

Board of education meetings are normally held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the third floor Board Room at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street. This year, several Board meetings are scheduled out in schools. The entire board meeting schedule can be found in the right submenu — "Meeting Calendar". Except as otherwise provided by law, all meetings for the conduct of the affairs of and the transaction of business by the Board of Education of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools shall be open to the public.