Board of Education Highlights for Friday, July 27, 2018 

The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education accepted the resignation of Dr. Julie Ford who has graciously served in the role of interim superintendent  of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) since July 1.  The board and staff of the school district wish Dr. Ford well in her return to retirement and appreciate her work on behalf of the school district. 

Dr. Jayson Strickland, the deputy superintendent of KCKPS, has been appointed as acting superintendent until the district’s new superintendent Dr. Charles Foust begins his employment.  The school district looks forward to welcoming back its students and employees for the start of a great new school year.

The announcements were made during a special meeting of the board held at noon on Friday, July 27, in the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

For more information, contact the Superintendent’s Office at 913.279.2235

To hear the board meeting which was held via telephone, click July 27.

Click here to view Dr. Ford’s resignation letter.

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The board heard about all of the exciting bond project updates happening at schools throughout the district. The plumbing work at Wyandotte High School and Sumner Academy, the new academy spaces at the high schools, just to name a few. Look for pictures on social media soon showcasing these new projects that will be completed in time for the opening of school.

Recruitment is underway to fill some positions throughout the district. While the majority of positions have been filled, the Human Resources Department is hard at work hosting Career Fairs and interviewing candidates. Click here to learn about upcoming dates of these events.

In other actions, the board:

  • Approved a 2% raise and a 5% benefit increase for library staff, which is the same percentages as other District 500 Classified staff. The board also approved a process for updating salary schedules, job descriptions and recommendations for library policy during the first semester.
  • Accepted informational report on the state budget workshop. The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) provides annual budget meetings for all school districts to review current legislative actions that impact funding and provides an overview of state budget documents. These meetings are held in correlation with the release of the state budget forms to ensure that all districts understand any changes and expectations for successful completion of the district’s budget and meet the statutory deadlines for submission. The budget forms are updated annually to be aligned with any new statutory requirements.
  • Approved the Notice of Hearing or Code 99 for the 2018-1019 Budget as submitted by Dr. Kelly Mather, chief operating officer of the school district. As a reminder, here are the remaining budget dates: (These dates may change.)
    • August 2 – Publish Notice of Hearing (10 days)
    • August 14 – Public Hearing of the Budget – Approve the Budget
    • August 25 – Submit Approved Budget to the County Clerk and KSDE

To view the meeting in its entirety, click July 24.

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, July 3

 

The meeting began with Dr. Julie Ford, interim superintendent for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS), thanking everyone for the opportunity to serve in her temporary new role at the school district. She also talked about her responsibility of being “the caretaker” of the school district until Dr. Foust starts his new position as the district’s superintendent. Dr. Ford’s contract is for 30 – 60 days. Her personal philosophy, she says, is to “expect the best, see the good, believe and help in any way I can.”

She went on to say, “You have great staff members who are willing to go the extra mile and many folks said I am here to help Dr. Foust so that he can be successful.”  “I worked for the Kansas State Department of Education and a lot of the districts are looking at KCKPS and what you have done; an example is Diploma+, which fits in with transitioning students to work,” said Dr. Ford.

The board took the following action on July 3:

  • Approved Human Resources Report, which hired a range of employees, including teachers, substitute teachers, counselors, etc., for the 2018-19 school year. The board also accepted retirements and resignations.  
  • Approved the Salary Schedule for employees, which included some positions moving to new classes. Among some of the changes: 
    • Plumbers were moved to a new class with pipefitters, and electricians, which expanded the pay range to include all of the new positions.
    • Payroll/accountants were moved to a new category that best represent the responsibilities of the positions. 
    • Student services specialists were moved to a new class. These are individuals who work in areas, such as truancy, transcripts, and alternative prevention.
  • Budget decisions
    • As a result of budget needs and new funding provided by Senate Bill 423 ($5,816,111), available funds that the board needed to approve for allocation totaled $15,493,111. This amount does not account for the courts request to have the Kansas State Legislature calculate inflation dollars into the school finance formula. 
    • Following the initial board allocations, expenditures exceeded the availabledollars by $687,382.  Dr. Kelli Mather, the school district’s chief operating officer, made further recommendations to the board to come closer to balancing the budget, still exceeding available funds by $161,387. 
    • Going forward, the board will need to:
      • Determine how to fund social workers in future years. The $1,890,000 used this year is a one-time transfer from the Contingency and Special Reserve funds. 
      • Prepare for the possibility that the Mental Health Pilot, which is part of SB423, may not be continued in future years. This would mean that the district will need to find a permanent way of funding these 11 social worker positions at approximately $840,000. 
      • Continue discussion on security and law enforcement positions in the school district. (There was a detailed discussion of this topic with the board by Chief Horn, police chief for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.)
    • Board members are meeting one-on-one with Dr. Ford to list potential cuts to the budget to help close the gap and balance the budget. Those meeting began the day following the board meeting.
    • Important budget dates (These dates could change.):
      • July 19 – Release of Budget Forms
      • July 31 – Special Meeting – possibly to Approve the Notice of Hearing – Code 99 to publish the budget for 10 days
      • August 2 – Publish Notice of Hearing (10 days)
      • August 14 – Public Hearing of the Budget – Approve the Budget
      • August 25 – Submit Approved Budget to the County Clerk and KSDE

To view the meeting in its entirety, click July 3.

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, July 10

 

Annually, the board reorganizes with the election of officers as well as approves several appointments and actions necessary for the 2018-19 school year. Here are some of those actions: 

Officer Elections

  • Dr. Valdenia Winn has been elected the president of the KCK Board of Education. 
  • Ms. Wanda Brownlee Paige has been elected vice president of the KCK Board of Education.

Appointments

  • The board approved the following appointments:
    • Susan Westfahl, clerk
    • Bridgette DeSmet, deputy clerk
    • Raquel Ayala, deputy clerk
    • Greg Goheen, legal counsel
    • Kristen Woodbury, treasurer
    • Brad Isnard, deputy treasurer

KCK Board of Education Meetings

  • The board also approved a resolution designating the official meeting time and place of the board for the 2018-19 school year.The board will meet at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, effective August 1, 2018, at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59thSt.
  • The following are exceptions to those meeting dates:
    • The second meeting in December will be canceled.
    • The first meeting in March will be canceled.
    • The second meeting in March will be held on the third Tuesday.
    • The first meeting in July will be canceled.
    • The second meeting in July will be held on the third Tuesday. 
  • The following are dates and locations of 2018-19 meetings held in other locations that will begin at 8:30 a.m.:
    • September 11: J.F. Kennedy Elementary School, 2600 N. 72ndSt.
    • October 9: Harmon High School, 2400 Steele Road
    • November 13: Central Middle School, 925 Ivandale
    • February 12: John Fiske Elementary School, 625 S. Valley

These meeting are open to the public except as otherwise provided by law. 

2018-19 School Hours

  • The board approved a resolution establishing a school term consisting of the following:
    • Not less than 465 school hours for pupils attending kindergarten
    • Not less than 1,116 hours for students in grades first to 11
    • Not less than 1,086 school hours for students in grade 12 
  • Board budget decisions
    • Approved and reinstated $5,000 for convocation for a total of $15,000. This is an annual event to welcome staff back to school. 
    • Approved and reinstated $4,000 to pay for board members to attend community-wide events and promote positive relationships. 
    • Approved $40,710 for transportation costs associated with the Saturday Academy.

The additional budget decisions were the result of the board members meeting one-on-one with Dr. Ford to help close the gap and balance the budget.

  • Important budget dates (These dates could change.):
    • July 19 – Release of Budget Forms
    • July 24 – Possible approval of the Notice of Hearing
    • July 31 – Special Meeting – possibly to Approve the Notice of Hearing – Code 99 to publish the budget for 10 days
    • August 2 – Publish Notice of Hearing (10 days)
    • August 14 – Public Hearing of the Budget – Approve the Budget
    • August 25 – Submit Approved Budget to the County Clerk and KSDE

 

To view the meeting in its entirety, click July 10.

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, June 26

The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Foust has been named superintendent of schools for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS). Dr. Charles Foust, Chief School Performance Officer from Union County Public Schools (UCPS), is described as a leader in transformational education, guiding leaders to improve education so students receive a quality education daily. Before he takes the position at KCKPS, Dr. Julia (Julie) Ford, the former superintendent of Topeka Public Schools, will serve as the interim superintendent, beginning July 1. The announcements were made at the Tuesday, June 26, board meeting at the Central Office and Training Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Read more ….

To view the meeting in its entirety, click June 26.

 

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, June 16

The Board of Education met for a Listening Tour Session in the Central Office & Training Center. It was an opportunity for the community to speak with the board about opportunities for the future of KCKPS.

To view the meeting in its entirety, click Listening Tour.

 

Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, June 12 

The Board of Education met for a regular board meeting where the following actions were taken:

  • Approved the lease agreement with Youthfront Inc., for an afterschool gathering place for youth to meet and have snacks. Youthfront, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports youth. The program actually operates as the Snack Shack KC Program located at 3104, 3108, 3110, 3114 and 3118 Strong Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • The board approved a contractual agreement for the construction manager at-risk, McCown Gordon. As you may be aware on May 24, the board approved McCown Gordon as the construction manager at-risk for the new centralized kitchen located at 5640 State Ave. The construction will start in the fall.
  • The board approved a contract with Labor Max Staffing to provide temporary workers to assist in positions within school site kitchens as needed throughout the year.
  • The board also heard about a new partnership with the KU Edwards Campus for the Degree In 3 program, an outstanding new opportunity for students to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years.
  • The board also received questions about the process for the superintendent search and who makes the final decision. One of the suggestions was Meet-and-Greets with the finalists, which were held on June 20 and 21.
  • During the meeting, the board heard a report on the substitute recruiting and the hiring process, which is being led by Stephanie Pepper, who will manage the substitute program for the district.
  • There was also information about the summer reading program at the library and other fantastic ways in which the Library Rocks. Learn more at www.kckpl.org.

To view the meeting in its entirety, click June 12.

There is also a “Listening Tour” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in the board room of the Central Office & Training Center for KCKPS staff, students, parents and the community to share what is important to them regarding the future of the school district. Click Listening Tour flier.