KCKPS Good News - July 12, 2018

Posted Thursday, July 12, 2018

“As the interim superintendent of schools in Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS), I have the good fortune of looking closely at KCKPS from an outsider’s perspective,” said Dr. Julie Ford.  “Always looking for the positive, my personal mission is to expect the best, see the good, believe, and help in any way I can,” she said. Dr. Ford

Throughout Dr. Ford’s temporary assignment at the school district, she will provide information about the good things she is seeing and experiencing in KCKPS. This information will be in the district’s “Good News” pieces weekly on the website and social media.

Here is this week’s news to celebrate:

KCKPS Good News: The Kansas State Department of Education through its new Kansas CAN accreditation structure is requiring, as part of the outcomes for districts to be measured on, an individual plan of study based on career interest.  Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Diploma+ initiative is a model for the state.  The goal of Diploma+ is for each student to graduate with a high school diploma, plus one of the following endorsements:

  • Completion of at least one full year of college (18-30 credit hours)
  • Completion of an Industry-Recognized Certificate or Credential
  • At least 21 on the ACT or 1060 on SAT.
  • Completion of IB Diploma Programme or Career-Related Programme
  • Acceptance into the Military
  • Completion of a Qualified Internship or Industry-Approved Project
  • An Approved Plan for Post-Secondary Transition. 

Congratulations, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools for setting the pace!

Notice - Change of Time of Regular Meetings - July 10, 2018 and July 24, 2018

July 5, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

NOTICE: CHANGE OF TIME OF REGULAR MEETINGS

JULY 10, 2018 -4:00 P.M.
JULY 24, 2018-4:00 P.M.

In accord with the motion approved by the Board of Education on June 12, 2018, the July 17, 2018, regular meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education was canceled. Two meetings were scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, 2018, and Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the third floor auditorium of the KC:KPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

The Board, at a special meeting on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, approved changing the start time for both July meetings to 4:00 p.m.

Dated this 5th day of July 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - July 3, 2018

June 29, 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 3, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., in the third floor Board room of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the Board shall receive an update on teacher negotiations, review budget decisions for 2018-2019, discuss and take action on the Human Resources Report and salary schedules presented and tabled at the June 26 regular meeting, and discuss school security.

Under the Kansas Open Meetings Act, the Board will recess to executive session for the following exceptions:

1) to receive update on district negotiations with teachers' union pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations.

2) to discuss confidential personnel information pursuant to the exception for non-elected personnel.

3) to review salaries and benefits of identifiable individual(s) pursuant to the exception for non-elected personnel.

Dated this 29th day of June 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Free Barbeque and Splash Party at Heathwood Spray Park on July 6

July 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Melissa Fears, director of communications and marketing, 913-279-2225

Kansas City, Kansas, July 3, 2018 – All families and youth are invited to attend Dotte Meals Rock’s summer barbeque and splash party from 12 to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 6, at Heathwood Spray Park, 1021 Parallel Pkwy. All youth 18 and under can eat food for free and enjoy fun at the park. Adults accompanying youth at the event will also receive a free meal. 

“The barbeque and splash party will be a great chance for our community to gather, eat a healthy meal, and have some fun in the sun,” said Josh Mathiasmeier, director of Nutritional Services Department for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. 

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The meals provided at this event are provided through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider. 

The event’s co-sponsors include the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, Harvesters-The Community Food Network, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Healthy Communities Wyandotte, Kansas Appleseed and the Kansas State Department of Education.

In addition to barbeque and pool passes, the event’s co-sponsors will share information and resources on free summer meal sites and activities youth can participate in to stay active and engaged all summer long.

Youth 18 and under can grab free meals throughout summer in Kansas City, KS and Wyandotte County. For more information on serving times and locations, visit http://www.hcwyco.org/dottemeals2018.

If you have questions, please contact Josh Mathiasmeier, director of Nutritional Services Department for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools at 913.627.3914.

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Dr. Julie Ford to Serve as Interim Superintendent of KCKPS Beginning July 1

June 28, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

drford webKansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is pleased to introduce Dr. Julie Ford as the interim superintendent for the school district, beginning on July 1. She will serve in this role for the school district until Dr. Charles Foust begins his role as superintendent of KCKPS. (Click here to read the announcements about Dr. Ford and Dr. Foust at the KCK Board of Education meeting on June 26.)

Dr. Ford has spent more than 37 years in education.  She has served as a paraprofessional, teacher, principal, staff development coordinator, director of instruction, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent in Garden City, Kansas, her hometown.  She had various positions in Tulsa, OK., Norman, OK., Canyon, TX., and Trinidad, CO. 

Dr. Ford was director of the Title Program and Services at the Kansas State Department of Education and spent her last five years in education as Topeka Public Schools superintendent, retiring in 2016.  

She has been married to her husband John for 42 years and has three children and five grandchildren. 

Her positive outlook is reflected in her personal mission to “expect the best, see the good, believe and help in any way I can.”

If you have questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 913.279.2235