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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 – March 31, 2020

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Reports of the Superintendent

Lisa Walker, Director of Federal Programs and Grants, and Matthew Andersen, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, presented the Continuous Learning Plan and CLP Summary Waiver.  The Board voted to add a statement to both documents requiring the Continuous Learning Plan, including contact numbers to obtain additional information, be distributed to each district household in the home language by US mail.  Also added, was the requirement that on or near May 1 a satisfaction survey will be distributed for feedback on how the CLP is working.  The Board approved the amended documents.

After discussion, the Board approved:

  • adjusting the district’s graduation requirements to allow the requirements of the Kansas State Department of Education be used as a minimum for graduating seniors for the 2019-2020 school year only;
  • approved freezing GPAs as of the end of the third quarter while allowing students to still complete work which could earn credit, with credit earned in this manner being signified by the letter “P” on transcripts; and,
  • approved the purchase of additional concurrent licenses for student access to the Edgenuity online curriculum to support seniors with earning required credits for 2020 graduation.

as presented by Matthew Andersen, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Alan King, Interim Assistant Superintendent.

The Board tabled action on the Illuminate DnA and FastBridge Universal Screening the Progress Monitoring Contract until after budget discussions.

KCK Public Libraries

The Board approved to extend the closure of the KCK Public Libraries required by the ‘Shelter at Home’ orders to Monday, April 27, 2020. At that time the Board will re-evaluate the closure with local and state guidance.

Other Business

The Board approved:

  • Human Resources Report and Recommendations.
  • Payment of bills for K-12 and the Libraries.
  • Contract with Bonner Springs/Edwardsville for second year of Head Start grant.
  • Monthly Financial Report.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 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.