Kansas City Kansas USD #500 awarded for efforts to make working and breastfeeding easier for employees

August 4, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brenda Bandy, (785) 477-4666

Gold Widget1Kansas City Kansas USD #500 has received the Gold Level “Breastfeeding Employees Support Award” from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and its Business Case for Breastfeeding program.

The award is based on proven and established standards to benefit employers and employees. It recognizes businesses that provide support services to their breastfeeding employees, to include education as well as the time and space for employees to nurse and/or pump breastmilk at their workplace.  The award, the top ranking of three sponsored by the Coalition, was presented by Brenda Bandy, Executive Director of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition.

According to Bandy, Kansas City Kansas USD #500 received the award for achieving a high level of support to their employees as outlined in the Coalition’s criteria.  She said they provide a “gold level” pumping room, allow flexible time to pump, and have a written policy of breastfeeding support.

Pointing out that many breastfeeding mothers abandon breastfeeding when they return to work because they lack the support and appropriate facilities at their place of employment, Bandy said, “We want to help change that unfortunate situation”. She cited research showing that adequate support for breastfeeding employees benefits businesses through savings in health care expenses, reduced turnover rates, lower absenteeism, and increased employee loyalty. Employers that have established support services for breastfeeding employees have reported a $3 for $1 return on investment plus realizing a more productive working environment. 

"Many Kansas employers recognize the benefits of supporting their breastfeeding employees.  We want to shine the spotlight on as many employers as we can for doing their part to make returning to work while breastfeeding easier in hopes that will encourage more businesses to follow suit," said Bandy.

Businesses that provide support services for their breastfeeding employees can be considered for a “Breastfeeding Employees Support Award” at the bronze, silver and gold levels. Applications are available at http://www.kansasbusinesscase.com/for_employers/employer_awards .

The Business Case for Breastfeeding is a program to assist employers in developing or enhancing support services for their breastfeeding employees.  The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is a non-profit 501(c) 3 with the mission of working collaboratively to promote and protect breastfeeding in order to improve the health of Kansas families.

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KCKPS Holds Annual Convocation

Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The new school year is about to begin for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools!

That means it’s time for the annual Convocation, a time for returning staff and those staff new to the district to come together to celebrate the start of the new school year.

This year’s event featured words of motivation and inspiration from the district’s newly named superintendent Dr. Charles Foust. He also thanked staff for all they are doing and will do for the students of the district. During his address, Dr. Foust told staff his license had been approved by the Kansas State Department of Education, which allows him to officially assume his duties as the superintendent of the district. This received applause from attendees.

Click the picture below for an excerpt from Dr. Foust’s speech that received a standing ovation from attendees of the event held at 9 a.m. on August 8 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

Dr. Foust’s entire speech will be available on YouTube this week.

Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - July 31, 2018

July 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 279-2235

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., in the third floor Board room, KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. Board members will have the opportunity to join by telephone.

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to take action on two budget resolutions and the Human Resources Report and Recommendations.

Dated this 27th day of July 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - August 6, 2018

August 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 279-2235

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Monday, August 6, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., in the third floor Board room of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. Board members will have the opportunity to join by telephone.

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to approve the Human Resources Report and Recommendations.

Dated this 1st day of August 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Dr. Jayson Strickland to Serve as Acting Superintendent of KCKPS

July 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Melissa Fears, Director of Communications and Marketing (913) 279-2225

Dr. Jayson Strickland.jpgThe 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