As you know, members of the KCK Board of Education have recently introduced discord into the relationship between the board and executive staff. In some instances, it seems the board is aiming to undermine the work of our administrative staff. This approach can hurt the effectiveness of our board of education.
Our schools need broad community support. We showed that in the 2016 vote for the school bond referendum. Now, as we see the school improvement work being done and especially as the board begins deliberating on a new superintendent to follow Dr. Lane, we need to speak up. And they have given us a perfect opportunity.
The KCK board of education is holding 4 community meetings to hear from parents, students and community. Please participate: at least at 1 meeting, speak up. The first one is the day after tomorrow. Please help spread the word.
March 10, 1pm, South Branch Library;
March 19, 6pm, Wyandotte HS;
March 31, 1pm Washington HS;
April 3, 10am Central Office.
Has a student had a good internship through Diploma+? Are you looking forward to building improvements throughout the district? Are music or sports important to you? Are you a local business partnering with the school district? What do you expect from the board of education? How do the schools impact our community? #EffectiveKCKSchoolBoard
Diploma+ was featured in District Administration, the most widely received and most regularly read publication for school district leaders nationwide.
"Diploma Plus raises the district’s graduation standards and is designed to enhance the value of each graduate’s diploma.
"Students must pass their courses and meet one of the following requirements: earn a year’s worth of college credits or an industry-recognized certificate; score a 21 on the ACT or 1060 on the SAT; participate in an internship; make a postsecondary transition plan that’s approved by the district; complete an International Baccalaureate program; or enlist in the military.
"Students can begin earning college credits at their home schools as sophomores. Juniors and seniors can take courses at Kansas City Community College, free of charge.
"'Many of our students are first-time college-goers, and some are first-time high school completers,' Lane says. 'We have invested in that first year of college because we want them to have the confidence that they can do that work.'
"At the same time, the district is launching career academies at its five high schools. These pathways, designed with the input of local business leaders..."
Superintendent, Dr. Cindy Lane. Recent awards:
Kansas City, KS, August 9, 2017 – Congratulations to the Nutritional Services Department’s Child Nutrition Program for receiving the Kansans CAN 2016-2017 Best Practice Award for outstanding and innovative practices during the August 8 State Board of Education meeting in Topeka, KS. ...
One reason the department’s program is being honored – their mobile food truck. A partnership with Healthy Communities Wyandotte and a grant from the Cities Combating Hunger Through After School and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) made it possible for the department to convert a no longer functioning bookmobile into a mobile food truck to serve summer meals throughout the community.
The mobile food truck debuted on June 5, 2017, and was a key factor in the delivery of over 73,000 meals during the summer. Plans are already underway to use the mobile food truck to increase delivery of afterschool meals, beginning with this fall’s school year.
This Blog is being generated by a group of citizens invited by USD 500 to participate as a Citizen's Advisory Committee during the Bond Issue campaign. This group continues to be involved in supporting USD 500 and watching the results from the successful Bond election. This Blog is best read from the bottom/oldest post to the to/newest post.