Board of Education

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


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

View the January 8 board meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhqsrTBGwXE

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, January 8

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Board of Education was honored as a part of School Board Recognition Month during the first board meeting of the year. A proclamation was read and each board member received a certificate of appreciation and a school district lapel pin.

District Focusing on Student Behavioral Health

The meeting also included an update on the work of the district’s Behavioral Health Social Work Program. This program is focused on identifying and supporting the mental health needs of the school district’s students. This is a very important component for the success of student learning.

To help with this work, the district has social workers in 44 schools. As of January 1, there have been 1,420 students referred for a behavioral health screening by a teacher, administrator or other staff within a building. Of those referrals, students screened high for the following areas of concern:

  • 728 – social
  • 737 – academic
  • 981 – emotional

Other reasons for referral:

  • trauma
  • basic needs unmet
  • recent loss of parent (death, divorce, incarceration, deportation)
  • foster care

Additionally, the district’s crisis team, made up of counselors and social workers, participated in approximately 980 hours for incidents that have happened this school year.

The district’s behavioral health teams, which are counselors and social workers, meet frequently for case consultation, targeted learning and professional development.

All of this work is part of the school district’s overall focus on trauma sensitive care.

To learn more about this work, contact Lisa Garcia-Stewart, director of the Student Services Department or Angela Dunn, behavioral health coordinator for the school district.   

Other items approved by the board:

  • The board approved the lease of property at 1413 Osage Avenue for the temporary storage of shop equipment that was housed on 18th Street in the Hut Complex. This is a month-to-month lease for $2,000 per month. The property is 5,000 square feet and would allow the equipment to be stored inside the building.
  • Approved the February 12 meeting location change to T.A. Edison Elementary School. The meeting location was changed from John Fiske Elementary due to extensive construction at the school.
  • Accepted first read on the proposed 2019-20 District Calendar.

To see the board meeting in its entirety, click here.

 

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.