Board Highlights for June 25, 2019

The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education approved a strategic planning proposal presented by Greenway Strategy Group to work with the school district on a strategic plan.  The Greenway Strategy Group offers a unique approach to strategic planning that includes analysis, strategy design, action planning and monitoring. The Atlanta-Ga., company utilizes collaborative, facilitative approaches in the strategy design and action planning phases, to ensure stakeholder support and organizational capacity for implementation. Greenway designs comprehensive strategic plans including all phases, and also supports organizations in individual phases such as building action plans or monitoring processes.

“The strategic plan will help us to focus on the focus,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Foust. “It will help us to know where we are going and how we get there,” he said.

The strategic plan work would be broken down into three phases:

    • Analysis
    • Strategy Development
    • Action Planning

The cost of the proposed project is approximately $99,975.00. The strategic planning process will begin in July 2019 and is anticipated to end in March 2020.

The company has worked on strategic planning initiatives for educational organizations across the country. Among those entities are:

    • Lawrence (Kansas) Public Schools
    • Union County Public Schools
    • Pittsburgh Public Schools
    • Saint Paul Public Schools
    • Palm Beach County Public Schools

Other actions taken by the board:

    • Approved the insurance coverage for the district for the new school year. The 2019-2020 renewal reflects a 5% or $56,833 decrease in overall premiums. While there is an increase in property insurance due to new buildings, there were decreases in auto and fine arts. The rates are guaranteed for two years for the casualty insurance.
    • Approved Allovue Balance software that will be used to plan and implement the district’s budget, monitor spending and evaluate spending practices. The cost of the software is $63,000 annually. Integration of the software will take approximately 45 to 60 days.

The board also saw an update of bond projects that included updates to the secure entryway at Schlagle High School, Washington High School, Harmon High School, Banneker Elementary School, Quindaro Elementary School, and M.E. Pearson Elementary School. The new Gloria Willis Middle School and Welborn Elementary Schools are progressing nicely with finishing touches underway. Carl B. Bruce Middle School’s framework is underway as well as additions to the kitchen at John Fiske Elementary School. By July 15, West Middle School will be completely demolished to make room for West Park Elementary School. Click here to see the latest bond projects video.

To view the entire board meeting, click here.

Posted June 25, 2019