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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 – June 23, 2020

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Board Updates

The Board accepted a report on the history and proposed changes to the Neighborhood Revitalization Act and approved the Interlocal Agreement for 2021-2025.

Other updates:

  • Bond summer projects presented by Lee Moore, VP, JE Dunn Construction
  • Kansas legislative report presented by Bill Brady, Capitol Strategies
  • KCK Public Libraries update on reopening the public library system as presented Carol Levers, Director 

Reports of the Superintendent

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Dennis Covington, Chief Financial Officer, reported to the Board on a proposed change of health insurance provider from Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to United Health Care (UHC).

The Board accepted a preliminary report on the Phase-in Process for employee and student return for the 2020-2021 school year as presented by Stephen Linkous, Chief of Staff.

A report was given by Lisa Walker, ED of Federal Programs, on expanding the use of the Nepris Connector online platform into each elementary school to strengthen instruction and to increase students’ access to college and career learning opportunities.

Action Taken

  • Approved changes to the District Code of Conduct as submitted by Lisa Garcia Stewart, Director of Student Services.
  • Approved district-wide LED lighting upgrade project with Excel Energy.
  • Approved contract with Allen, Gibbs, and Houlik, L.C. for auditing services as presented by Tracy Kaiser, ED of Business. 
  • Approved purchase of the Orton Gillingham-Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE) Reading Intervention Training and additional resources for the 2020-2021 school year as submitted by Kelli Charles, ED for Schools. 

Other Business

The Board approved:

  • Human Resources Reports and Recommendations for the district and the public libraries.
  • Payment of bills for K-12 and the libraries.
  • Contract renewal with Allovue, the district’s budgeting platform.
  • Contract renewals for SPED services with Behavioral Health KC, Lakemary Center, Summit Behavioral Health, SS Education Support and Kansas City Housing Authority.
  • Monthly Financial Report

 Board Discussion

  • Date(s) set for Budget workshop – Tuesday, July 7 at 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, July 14 at 4 p.m. (if needed)
  • Post clerk vacancy on Friday, June 26 with a closing date of July 13. 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held by Zoom on Tuesday, July 21, 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