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Journey of a Superintendent: Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize!

Each year I have the privilege of congratulating nearly 1,000 graduates as they commence to the next phase in their life’s journey. It is so rewarding to be a small part of the accomplishments of our students, families, schools and … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: The ABCs of School Finance

Last month in my blog, I was celebrating the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of public schools and Kansas kids. It was the latest court decision in the Gannon vs. State of Kansas school funding lawsuit. The court found … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: A Victory for Kansas Kids and Public Education!

Today, the Kansas Supreme Court issued their ruling in the latest school funding lawsuit in Kansas, Gannon vs. State of Kansas. The Court found schools must be financed to ensure every student, regardless of the property wealth of the community … Continue reading

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Do the Right Thing, Dagnabbit!

“We need to start paying attention to the unfunded stuff and stop worry about the funded stuff.” — Dr. Christopher Thornberg, economist So many tragic events call into question whether we are paying attention to things that matter. Consider the … Continue reading

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We Need Your Constructive Feedback

   “Success is never owned, it’s only rented – and the rent is due every day.”    Rory Vaden, best selling author and consultant, shared this comment in a presentation I heard a few years ago. These words have stayed … Continue reading

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Personal Sacrifice

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver shared an experience as a young man that resulted in a powerful lesson for him. The tradition in Rev. Cleaver’s family was that washing dishes following dinner was rotated among his siblings. His number came up on … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: “The Sky is the Limit – Seize the Sky”

I make it a habit to remind my students and our great staff at KCKPS: If we want something bad enough, we have to push past our doubts and perceived limitations, and just go get it. Well, I had the … Continue reading

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Gutsy

My grandfather was a large imposing man. At least that is what I was told. By day, he was a fisherman; in the evenings, he was a boxer.   I grew up hearing stories about this quiet man. He was determined … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Years from now, our students may forget what we have said, but they will not forget the way we make them feel. Our students carry forward the impressions left by educators with them for a lifetime. Educators in Kansas City, … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: The Rest of the Story

Some will recall the famous talk radio personality Paul Harvey. Mr. Harvey was known to be a conservative, but nonetheless, through his reporting, he reached people from all perspectives. He had the uncanny ability to tell stories that narrated history … Continue reading

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