Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - February 23, 2019

February 20, 2019


A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., in the third floor Board room of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

The Board shall recess into executive session under the following exception(s) to the Kansas Open Meetings Act:

(a) Employer-Employee Personnel Exception - Discuss planning for teacher negotiations

(b) Non-Elected Personnel Exception - - Discuss executive level contracts

        (c) Attorney Client Exception - Discuss proposed correspondence to vendor

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the Board shall meet in retreat fashion to establish the Board's priorities for the 2019-2020 budget.

Winnie Ayers Honored at City’s Black History and Scholarship Banquet

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February 19, 2019

Winnie Ayers

Sumner Academy of Arts and Science’s Teacher Winnie Ayers was honored with the Excellence in Education Award at the 27th Annual Black History and Scholarship Banquet by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County Black History Committee on February 16 at the Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

She began working at Sumner High School in 1971 as a teacher and coach. She has worked at the same school, which is now known as Summer Academy, for nearly 50 years. In addition to a long tenure at Sumner, she also worked 39 years as an aquatics director at the Linwood YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. Ayers taught thousands of inner-city children how to swim during her extensive career at the YMCA. She is loved and respected so much that they have a portrait of her hanging on the wall in her honor.

Ayers was highlighted in 2015 for her years of service in education in the KCPT series, “American Graduate Champion.”  The series was part of a PBS initiative to address the nation’s dropout rate.  She was highlighted to showcase examples of students, teachers and community leaders in Kansas City that helped shine a light on pathways to graduation and successful student outcomes. Ayers has taught more than three generations of kids during her career. From buying school supplies and shoes to giving them a ride to school on snow days, teaching truly comes from her heart. 

Winnie Ayers

“There has not been one time I’ve hated to get up to go to work,” said Ayers. “The students are my life. The kids are my life.”

Please join KCKPS in honoring and congratulating one of our teachers, Winnie Ayers, on her contributions to education in the community and at our school district.

Tonight's "Prepped and Ready" Event CANCELLED Due to Inclement Weather

Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Due to inclement weather, the Children's Mercy: Prepped and Ready event that was scheduled for today has been cancelled.

Sesame Street in Communities Partners with Kansas City, Kansas

Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is proud to announce a new community partnership with Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) that will provide free tools to better prepare educators to help students through traumatic situations.

 super grover with KCKPS students

“Sesame Street in Communities works to address physical and emotional needs of students. This aligns with the priorities of our school district,” said KCKPS Director of Student Services Lisa Garcia-Stewart. “It is the goal of KCKPS and our partners to improve the educational and life outcomes of our students and their families.


SSIC is a resource to support healthy habits in young children, while also engaging the important adults in their lives. They believe that “1 in 4 children in the United States struggle with more than one traumatic event.” To combat these struggles, SSIC has created professional development resources for educators and community members. SSIC’s focus is on helping students have healthy bodies and minds, learning their ABC’s and 123’s, and working through difficult times and tough talks.

 Dr. Charles Foust with super grover

“We are excited about this new partnership with Sesame Street in Communities,” said KCKPS Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust. “SSIC will provide our staff with additional resources surrounding trauma-sensitive school environments, ensuring that we are taking care of each student both mentally, emotionally and academically.”


Additional partners in the SSIC initiative are KVC Health Systems, The Family Conservancy and Project Eagle. Kansas City, Kansas is the eighth community across the country to join Sesame Street in Communities. Other communities include:

  • Los Angeles County, California
  • Indianola, Mississippi
  • Leland, Mississippi
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Guilford County, North Carolina
  • Transylvania County, North Carolina
  • Memphis, Tennessee


Learn more about our partners:

Sesame Street in Communities

KVC Health Systems

The Family Conservancy

Project Eagle

MWVBE Quarterly Meeting with JE Dunn Coming this March

Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019

MWVBE meeting announcement for March 2019

JE Dunn, committed to diversity and inclusion, continuously seeks disadvantaged, small, minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses to partner with on current and future projects. To that end, JE Dunn is holding an MWVBE Quarterly meeting at their offices in March, in order to:

  • Inform the small business community about upcoming bid opportunities and project details
  • Educate the small business community on how to do business with JE Dunn
  • Provide the small business community with access to needed resources
  • Provide access to decision-makers

Featured projects will include:

  • KCKPS Bond Improvements
  • Johnson County Courthouse
  • Lightwell
  • Dunn Project Solutions (DPS)
  • Midwest Region overview from the Pre-Construction team

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at JE Dunn Construction's offices at 1001 Locust Street, Kansas City, MO 64106. RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for a printable PDF flyer.