On November 8, residents voted on a zero tax increase bond issue that will benefit the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) and the KCK community.
The $235 million bond issue will fund new school buildings, 21st century learning spaces, extensive repairs and renovations, and will touch every building and student in the district.
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Bono 2016 de KCKPS (Subtítulos en español)
United Way of Wyandotte County
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Greater KC Chamber Superintendent's Forum
Kansas City Building Trades
Kansas City, Kansas Community College
NBC Community Development
Tri-County Labor Council of Eastern Kansas, AFL-CIO
Rev. Frank Allen
Rev. C.L. Bachus
Rev. Jimmie L. Banks
Rev. Ephthallia L. Banks
Rev. R. L. Baynham
Bishop A. Glenn Brady
Carl B. Bruce
Rev. Tony Carter
Bishop Cortez & Mrs. Connie Vaughn
Pastor Bernard & Lady Trina Crawford
Representative Pam Curtis
Rev. George DeBose
Rev. Vernon DeBose
Pastor Marvin Donaldson
Rev. James Drew
Patrick & Patricia Dunn
Loretta & Mario Escobar
Dr. Alvin Fant
Dr. Grady Felder
Rev. A. J. Foster
Senator David Haley
Rev. Seth Harris
Rev. Darrell Heard
Dr. Evelyn Hill, President, KCK Board of Education
Rev. Nathan Jones
John D. Jurcyk
John J. Jurcyk
Rev. Charles Kennybrew
Rev. Desmond Lamb
Carol Marinovich, former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas
Rev. Mack McConnell
Rev. Robert Milan
Rev. Bill Mitchell
Pastor Carnest Mitchell
Pastor Michael Portley Jr.
Vicky & Adrian Roberson
Representative Louis Ruiz
Bishop Ervin Sims
Rev. Cecil Taylor
Terrance Vick & Tracey Chappell
Rev. Lemuel Wynn
Rev. Bobby Young
What’s in the plan?
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Safety and security enhancements, including new secured entrances
Among the many facility upgrades included in the upcoming bond election will be safety and security enhancements. These upgrades will include improved control of building access at school entrances. Many buildings will receive new, secure vestibules adjacent to the office or reception areas as part of this upgrade. Also included will be technology upgrades to support enhanced security. Each building will be touched, according to its needs.
Two new elementary schools and two new middle schools, will be built, replacing existing buildings
- Northwest Middle School will be razed and replaced with a new 21st century facility.
- Coronado Middle School will be razed and a new facility will be built to accommodate the population of students from both Coronado and West middle schools.
- Students from Bethel and White Church elementary schools will combine for a large, state of the art building on the White Church grounds.
- The two existing Welborn Elementary School buildings will be razed and one new building will be built to accommodate all students.
High school College and Career Academy spacesOne area of emphasis will be the creation of 21st century learning spaces at all high schools. Spaces will be built to accommodate the new College and Career Academies that will be launched during the 2017-18 school year. The academies have been identified in collaboration with business leaders to ensure that KCKPS offers robust experiences, tied to the most in-demand career opportunities in the metropolitan area. Other upgrades will include two new and modern science labs per high school building, and faculty planning centers for team collaboration.
Middle school career exploration spacesA key component of the proposed new bond issue is new space at the middle schools to enhance student opportunities to explore career options. The term “career exploration space” can best be described as an introduction to real world experiences in flexible and collaborative spaces to support the College and Career Academy placement in the high schools.
Kitchen construction and upgrades at six elementary and one middle school
- Kitchen remodeling and upgrades were identified as crucial needs at seven school buildings. Six elementary schools will receive improvements and renovations. They include:
- New Stanley
- Noble Prentis
- John Fiske
- Eugene Ware
- One middle school, Rosedale Middle, will receive a new kitchen and cafeteria addition, which will replace an outdated third-floor kitchen and eating space. And when not in use for school meals, the new cafeteria will be used for educational purposes.
New elementary playgrounds at nine elementary schools
- Nine elementary schools will receive renovations to their school playgrounds as part of the bond issue. The playground improvements will be specific to the needs of each school including new and safe play areas and equipment. The schools are:
- Eugene Ware
- John Fiske
- Stony Point South
- Claude Huyck
- ME Pearson
Building conversions and upgrades
- The existing Bethel Elementary will be upgraded and transformed into an early childhood center.
- The existing West Middle School will be upgraded to accommodate students from William Allen White Elementary School and Parker Elementary School.
Maintenance, repair and replacement (plumbing, roofing, heating/air conditioning, lighting)
Each building will receive a detailed facility review, including looking at maintenance needs, condition of the building, and the long-range facilities plan. Among the areas to be addressed are plumbing, roofing, heating/air conditioning and lighting.