News Release from the KCK Chamber of Commerce

September 29, 2016
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
For more information contact:
Katelyn McInerney, Marketing & Events Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
THE KANSAS CITY KANSAS CHAMBER SUPPORTS UPCOMING BOND ISSUE TO SUPPORT KANSAS CITY KANSAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
 
Kansas City, KS – The Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved a motion on Wednesday, Sept. 28, to support the $235 million no tax increase bond issue for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The bond issue – which will be on the November 8 ballot – will extend the period of the current bond, while not raising taxes for residents.
 
Construction projects will largely be completed over a five year period and will include safety and security upgrades to all buildings, replacement of four outdated schools, the repurposing of two buildings, new playgrounds and kitchens for buildings that need them, and the completion of critical maintenance projects.
 
“We have built or renovated 14 facilities over the past seven years, using existing funds,” said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent. “This bond will allow us to continue to make improvements to our facilities, in order to support our students in graduating high school prepared for college and careers. We are pleased that we can do this without raising taxes.”
 
The KCKPS bond proposal aligns with KCK Chamber Education Initiatives put forth in the organization’s 2016 Legislative Agenda. The Chamber supports local initiatives that ensure all children have the opportunity to attend well-funded, successful public schools regardless of where they live, and in turn foster a career-ready workforce.
 
“The Chamber’s support for this bond issue shows the business community understands that quality and up-to-date facilities are key to the education of our children,” said Mike Smallwood, owner of Smallwood Locksmiths and Supply and Chair of the KCK Chamber Legislative Committee.
 
According to a study conducted by Impact DataSource, construction activity derived from the bond will pump $307 million into the KCK economy, create an estimated 933 total jobs each year during construction and support $105 million in salaries for area construction workers and other workers. Overall, the projects will create an estimated $27.3 million in local taxable sales and spending, and generate $718,628 for the city and county.
 
For more information on the zero tax increase bond issue, visit kckps.org/PleaseVote.
 
The mission of the Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce is to enhance and create opportunities in Wyandotte County which build a quality community to live, work and conduct business. A vital part of the community since 1898, the Chamber works in four core areas – Legislative, Information, Networking and Community.
 
For more information, please visit the KCK Chamber’s website at www.KCKChamber.com.
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Katelyn McInerney, Marketing & Events Manager

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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.

A Video Message from Dr. Lane

 

Bono 2016 de KCKPS (Subtítulos en español)

PROCLAMATIONS

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NAACP, KCK Chapter

SUPPORTERS

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Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce

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United Way of Wyandotte County

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Wyandotte Economic Development Council

ENDORSEMENTS

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El Centro, Inc.

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Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

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Greater KC Chamber Superintendent's Forum

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KCK Chamber of Commerce


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Kansas City Building Trades


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Kansas City, Kansas Community College

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NBC Community Development

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Tri-County Labor Council of Eastern Kansas, AFL-CIO

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Yael Abouhalkah

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Rev. Frank Allen

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Rev. C.L. Bachus

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Rev. Jimmie L. Banks

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Rev. Ephthallia L. Banks

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Martin Bass

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Rev. R. L. Baynham

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Bishop A. Glenn Brady

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Cathy Breidenthal

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Carl B. Bruce

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Rev. Tony Carter

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Bishop Cortez & Mrs. Connie Vaughn

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Pastor Bernard & Lady Trina Crawford

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Broderick Crawford

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Monica Crowe

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Representative Pam Curtis

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Dr. Ray Daniels, Superintendent Emeritus, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

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Elizabeth Davis

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Rev. George DeBose

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Rev. Vernon DeBose

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Ryan Denk

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Pastor Marvin Donaldson

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Rev. James Drew

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Patrick & Patricia Dunn

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Mark Dupree

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Loretta & Mario Escobar

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Dr. Alvin Fant

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Dr. Grady Felder

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Rev. A. J. Foster

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Marie Frasure

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Pat Gaunce

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Greg Goheen

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Mary Gonzales

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Don L. Gray, General Manager, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities

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Fred Greenbaum

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Senator David Haley

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Lucretia Haley

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Rev. Seth Harris

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Rev. Darrell Heard

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Dr. Evelyn Hill
, President, KCK Board of Education

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Patricia Hodison, President, NEA-KCK

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Audrey Hogan

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Rev. Mark Holland

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Rev. Nathan Jones

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John D. Jurcyk

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John J. Jurcyk

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Rev. Charles Kennybrew

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Rev. Desmond Lamb

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Raquel Lara

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Randy Lopez

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Carol Marinovich, former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas

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Rev. Mack McConnell

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John Mendez

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Vicky Meyers

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Rev. Robert Milan

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Rev. Bill Mitchell

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Pastor Carnest Mitchell

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Nadine Mitchell

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James W. & Mary V. Moore

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Cynthia Moore-Hollinshed

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Ramón and Sally A. Murguía

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Linda Pendleton

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Pastor Michael Portley Jr.

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Monica Portley

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John Rios

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Vicky & Adrian Roberson

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Representative Louis Ruiz

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Elmer Sharp

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Bishop Ervin Sims

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Janie Stockman

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Carl Stowne

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Clifford Stubbs

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Rev. Cecil Taylor

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Clyde Townsend

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Rev. Ricky D. Turner

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 Terrance Vick & Tracey Chappell

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James White

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Rev. Lemuel Wynn

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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 spaces

One 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 spaces

A 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
    • Grant
    • John Fiske
    • Eugene Ware
    • Douglass
  • 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
    • Grant
    • John Fiske
    • Lindbergh
    • Stony Point South
    • Claude Huyck
    • ME Pearson
    • Whittier
    • Caruthers

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.