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 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. 

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, September 25

The Board of Education received an update on  several of the projects associated with the 2016 zero-tax-increase bond initiative. Here are some of those construction updates:

  • Parker Elementary School and William Allen White School will merge into a new school that will open during the 2020-2021 school year. A naming committee for the new school has been selected and is underway. The school’s recommended new name is tentatively scheduled for approval at the October 23 Board of Education meeting.
  • Brune Elementary School named after Lowell Brune will begin construction in January 2019 at the site located at 88th and Waverly. This new school will be the result of the merging of White Church and Bethel Elementary schools.
  • Carl B. Bruce Middle School is expected to receive bid results in October and begin construction in November. The board voted to name the new building for Northwest Middle School as Carl B. Bruce Middle School. The board made the decision in May after hearing the survey results regarding the renaming of Northwest Middle School and information about the significance of each name being considered for the school.
  • J.C. Harmon High School’s secure entry and storefront redesign construction will begin in the summer of 2019.
  • John Fiske Elementary School’s room additions will begin construction in December.
  • Wyandotte High School’s kitchen space has been installed in their new academy space that focuses on the culinary arts.
  • The building of the Gloria Willis Middle School, Welborn Elementary School and the additions to Grant Elementary School are all progressing on time. See photos of these project and more at

During the meeting, the Human Resources Department shared their annual report with statistics and employment facts about the school district during the last school year.

Here are a few facts from the 2017-18 school year:

  • 84% of employees were retained
  • 2,069 is total number of certified employees
  • 1,455 is total number of classified employees
  • 145 is total number of administrators
  • 9,969 candidates completed an employment application
  • The largest number of applicants came from the following states
    • Kansas
    • Missouri
    • Texas
    • Florida
    • Oklahoma

To see more information, click 2017-2018 Annual Report Human Resources  to read the report.  

The meeting was also a time to welcome new staff to the campus Police Department. Those individuals who took the oath of office were Officer Jake Samuelson, Officer Mark Scheetz and Officer Jeffrey Johnson.

Dr. Foust swearing in three new officers at the Board meeting

Officers after being sworn in, posing with certificates

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Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, October 9

The Board of Education met at Harmon High School, where they saw the new Academy spaces and students learning in their classrooms. The board also approved hearing more information regarding an active shooter policy at their October 23 meeting.

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Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, September 11

In an effort to experience the learning taking place in our classrooms, the Board of Education held their meeting at John F. Kennedy Elementary School (JFK). JFK, which has about 456 students in grades K-5, strives to create a culture of success with clear goals, effective communication and collaboration. During the board’s visit, they saw an example of the “Morning Meeting” concept in which students share special interests with their classmates and teacher in an effort to build effective relationships. The board members, Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust and district staff visited several classrooms to see learning taking place during a 30-minute tour of the building.  See pictures below.

School Board Meeting Observation of Classes

School Board Meeting Observation of Classes

School Board Meeting Observation of Classes

Other actions taken by the board:

  • Accepted an update on the Kansas Education Accreditation System (KESA). In January, 2016, the Kansas State Board of Education announced a new vision and five outcomes for determining the effectiveness of education - the accreditation system. Five outcomes have been established for districts to focus on which result in graduating students that are successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification, or in the workforce. Our school district is working on an Action Plan that will connect the district’s work to these efforts. 
  • Approved a contract with Capital Strategies, LLC to provide lobbying work for the school district. Capitol Strategies will provide monitoring and reporting on critical legislative issues that would directly impact the school district during the regular or special session of the Legislature and throughout the interim period between sessions. They will act as the liaison among Legislative leaders, the administration and the Wyandotte County Delegation. Capitol Strategies will assist with the submission of testimony and relevant content for various issues and provide monthly updates to the Board of Education throughout the Legislative session.

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