Board of Education

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Board of Education Portrait

The KCKPS Board of Education (from L to R): Wanda Brownlee Paige,
Dr. Stacy Yeager, Yolanda Clark, Randy Lopez, Maxine Drew, Dr. Valdenia Winn, Janey Humphries

Board ReCap – May 26, 2020

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Community Comment 

Comments from district staff regarding the Targeted Literacy Program were read by Board members.

Board Updates

  • Graduation 2020Sharita Hutton, Director of Communications, updated the Board on the status of plans for graduation ceremonies. The Board discussed results from a survey of district seniors.
  • Bond projects – Lee Moore, JE Dunn, presented the bond budget tracking report and updated the Board on current bond projects.

Reports of the Superintendent

Dennis Covington, Chief Financial Officer, presented, as an informational report, the Superintendent’s proposed budget for 2020-2021.  Board members will discuss the proposed budget at a workshop on Saturday, May 30.

KCK Public Libraries 

The Board accepted the plan for a staggered re-opening of the public libraries as presented by Carol Levers, Director of Libraries.

Other Business

The Board approved:

  • Human Resources Report and Recommendations.
  • Payment of bills for K-12 and the libraries.
  • Monthly Financial Report
  • Low bid of $641,755.75 from C&C Produce for fall/winter 2020 produce vendor.

The Board tabled action on the proposed changes to the district’s Code of Conduct.

Policy Review

The Board approved the proposed changes to policies GAAB Complaints of Discrimination, GAAA Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination, GACC Recruitment and Hiring, GACCA Nepotism and GAHB Political Activities.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held by Zoom on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

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.