Board of Education
Board of Education Highlights: May 28, 2019
The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education heard an update about from Chief Bill Friend of the Wyandotte Nation from Oklahoma about the need to place a wall/fence between the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library (Main Library) and the Huron Cemetery. The retaining wall would help to:
- Stop soil erosion
- Eliminate silt issues
- Control access to the cemetery
After hearing the presentation, a recommendation was made for a discussion to take place between the presenters and the District’s lawyer in order to explore the matter further.
There are a lot of projects that will be underway this summer. Many of those projects are the result of the passage of the $235 million no-tax increase bond initiative that is funding new school buildings, modern learning spaces, extensive repairs and renovations, and will touch every building and student in the district. The following are some of the projects updated at the board meeting:
- Gloria Willis Middle School – The gym, locker rooms, band and performance areas are being completed.
- Coronado Middle School– The school is being prepared for demolition over the summer.
- Carl B. Bruce Middle School – The structural precast is completed with other foundation work scheduled.
- Rosedale – The kitchen remodel and addition is underway with the flooring, utilities, ceiling and painting projects progressing.
The board approved the renewal of the Memorandum of Understand for Jobs for America’s Graduates – Kansas. The program is a partnership with KCKPS to implement a comprehensive set of services deigned to keep young people in school through graduation and improve the rate of success in achieving education and career goals.
Do You Know the District’s Summer Hours?
Beginning the week of June 3, 2019, and ending July 26, 2019, the District Administrative Offices will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is important to note that the District Office and the Schools will not be open on Fridays.
School offices and satellite buildings will also follow this summer hour plan.
The exception: Schools providing meals for students during the summer. Maintenance and transportation staff will maintain the normal operating schedule.
The week of July 1, 2019 – July 5, 2019 will be a normal 5-day, work week with July 4, 2019 being a District Holiday.
The next board meeting will be June 11, 2019.
About the Board of Education
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is governed by a seven-member body of citizens elected by the voters of the school district. These seven members are charged with making sure that the school district operates in the best interests of the students and the community. All members serve without pay.
The board of education is the school district’s governing body, as set forth in state and federal law. The board is responsible for setting district policy, adopting an annual budget, and approving of general district matters, including personnel, curriculum, facilities, and other district business matters. The board is responsible for hiring the superintendent of schools, and is responsible for overseeing the superintendent’s duties and performance.
Board of education meetings are normally held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the third floor Board Room at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street. This year, several Board meetings are scheduled out in schools. The entire board meeting schedule can be found in the right submenu — “Meeting Calendar”. Except as otherwise provided by law, all meetings for the conduct of the affairs of and the transaction of business by the Board of Education of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools shall be open to the public.
How to Address the Board
Those wishing to speak about a policy-related issue at a Board of Education meeting must make their request to the Board Clerk no later than noon the day prior to the Board meeting.
During the Community Comment section near the beginning of the meeting, each speaker will have three minutes to address the Board about policy-related matters. Derogatory or critical remarks about specific district personnel or students are inappropriate and will not be permitted.
If a speaker wishes to discuss a topic which is on the meeting agenda, the speaker’s comments will be deferred until that item is considered.