Board of Education Highlights - April 23, 2018

During the April 23, 2018 special Board of Education Meeting, there was a discussion of the survey results for the superintendent search.  There were 576 responses to the District Review Survey and 839 responses to the 30 Qualities Survey.  The online surveys were advertised by local media and shared on the district’s website and social media pages.

The board reviewed the Superintendent Search flier that will be published to inform candidates about the school district and application and selection process.

Before the flier can be released, the Board will have to approve the following changes to the job description for the Superintendent of Schools during their April 24 meeting:

  • Change “Earned Doctorate required” to preferred
  • Change “A minimum of three years as a teacher, building administrator and district-wide administrator” to Preferred experience as a teacher, building administrator and district-wide administrator.

Making these changes will widen the candidate pool according to the district’s Superintendent Search consultants, Ray and Associates, Inc. Once approved the Superintendent Search flier will be added to the district website.

The board is also expected to discuss the possibility of an interim at their May 8, 2018 Board of Education meeting during executive session.

View the April 23 meeting here.

Board of Education Highlights - April 24, 2018

The Board congratulated the 2020 Leadership students, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates and the Challenge Award recipients at their meeting. Employees of the Month for April were also honored.

Several bond projects were updated at the meeting, which included the following:

  • Arrowhead – installed new duct work and drywall.
  • Claude Huyck – installed block walls for the addition of six new classrooms
  • Stony Point – installed block walls for the addition of the new classrooms
  • Welborn – completed building pad, continued installation of site utilities and began footings and foundations

Read details about these projects at www.bond.kckps.org.

The Code of Conduct and Parent and Student Handbook changes were discussed and the board will be sent the additional changes the Friday prior to the next board meeting.

The budget was discussed at the meeting. Some of the board members were not comfortable increasing the mill levy. They also wanted more time to consider decisions associated with the budget. A future meeting will be held on May 14 to further discuss the budget.

To view the meeting in its entirety, click here.

Board of Education Highlights – March 20, 2018

The board approved an agreement with Williams, Spurgeon, Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, Inc. to design the new centralized kitchen, which will be used to cook and distribute food districtwide, as well as serve as a learning environment for students in the culinary arts program. In a matter related to the building of the centralized kitchen, the board asked staff to rebid the construction manager for the central kitchen. As a reminder, the central kitchen is being relocated because that property will be used for the new Northwest Middle School, which when started is scheduled for completion for the 2021-22 school year.

The board heard the results of a report commissioned by the state legislature regarding school finance. Two major findings of the report state:

  • Kansas schools spend their dollars more efficiently for education than any other state
  • Up to $2 billion more in funding for education is needed in order to reach the state board outcomes, including graduation rates and test scores on state assessments

Two dates that are of significance to school finance:

  • The end of the regular session for the Legislature is Friday, April 6, 2018.
  • The Kansas Supreme Court has set a Monday, April 30, 2018 deadline for the State to pass legislation to meet the adequacy requirements of the Constitution, and for both sides in the school funding case to prepare their briefs (arguments) for the court.

Remember you can see the meeting in its entirety by:

  • Viewing the board meetings at www.youTube.com/KCKPSTV.
  • Watching the rebroadcast of board meetings on Spectrum Channel 18 and Google Fiber Channel 145 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdaysat 7 p.m.and Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdaysat 9 a.m.
  • Viewing Archived Board Meeting Highlightson the website. 

Board of Education Highlights - April 16, 2018

During the April 16, 218 special meeting of the Board of Education, there was further discussion about the Student Code of Conduct manual. The Board also heard discipline data from school years 2012 – 2013 through 2017 – 2018. View the Historical Look at KCKPS Discipline Data.

The 2018-2019 Budget development process was discussed. View the April 16 meeting to hear the budget discussion in detail.

The Board voted to change the official meeting date/time of the May 22, 2018 regular meeting to Tuesday, May 29, at 5 p.m. as recommended by the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cynthia Lane. The date was moved because the Sumner Academy graduation ceremony is scheduled for that night and earlier in the day the Kansas Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding school finance.

Click April 16 to view that meeting on YouTube.

 

Board of Education Highlights – April 10, 2018

The board received an update on the tremendous progress associated with the opening of the Welcome Center on April 9 and the first class of Saturday Family Language Academy. The Welcome Center is a one-stop shop for families new to the school district to enroll their children in our schools. The Saturday Family Language Academy are classes for the entire family to learn English in a relaxed environment. The next Academy will be held in the fall 2018.

Several athletes and coaches were honored in the areas of basketball, wrestling, and bowling at the high school level. Congratulations to all of our athletes on another wonderful season.

Kansas City, Kansas Baptist Ministers Union members, an association of ministers leading about 36 congregations in Wyandotte County, spoke to the board about the importance of the selection of a superintendent. They asked for community representation, including the Baptist Ministers Union, in the process to narrow the pool of applicants for the interview process and the finalist selection. There was also an expression of concern about the timeline to have a superintendent in place by July 1, 2018.

The board heard about actions of the state legislature regarding school finance.

  • Substitute for Senate Bill 423 was approved by the Legislature last weekend.
  • An error was discovered in the Substitute for Senate Bill 423 that would reduce general state aid by about $80 million. Legislators will attempt to correct the mistake during the wrap-up session, which begins on April 26.
  • April 30, 2018: The deadline set by the Kansas Supreme Court for the state to pass legislation to meet the adequacy requirements of the Constitution, and for both sides in the school funding case to prepare their briefs (arguments) for the court.
  • May 22, 2018:  The Kansas Supreme Court will hold a hearing to determine whether the Substitute for the Senate Bill will satisfy the constitutional requirement for adequacy.

Remember you can see the meeting in its entirety by:

  • Viewing the board meetings at www.youTube.com/KCKPSTV.
  • Watching the rebroadcast of board meetings on Spectrum Channel 18 and Google Fiber Channel    145 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.
  • Viewing Archived Board Meeting Highlights on the website.