Journey of a Superintendent: Our Hearts Go Out to Newtown

Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Yesterday, we were all saddened by the tragic school shooting in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and all of those who are dealing with this heartbreaking situation.

While the sobering fact is that no community is immune to senseless violence, our first priority in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is a commitment to safe schools and buildings. We are so fortunate to have great campus officers and strong partnerships with our local police department. We also have community resources such as PACES, and we have our faith-based organizations who stand ready to assist our kids, families, and schools.

This incident reminds us how important it is to know what to do when faced with the unthinkable or a situation that poses a threat to safety.

This weekend, cling a little tighter to your family and each other. In times of tragedy the only thing that helps is holding on to all the goodness around us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Newtown, Connecticut.

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4 Responses to Journey of a Superintendent: Our Hearts Go Out to Newtown

  1. Shaun says:

    I would strongly recommend at the least Armed Security at all public schools, even elemetary schools . I have 3 students at 3 different KCKS schools and none have armed security. I strongly believe that an armed guard could of and probably would of made a big difference this past Friday. I would love to hear more about what steps are being taken to keep our kids safe. Thank You

  2. Enza Ketcham says:

    Dr. Lane,

    I think creating an easy all school/district policy where classroom doors must remain locked might keep our kids just a tad bit safer if forced to deal with an intruder. It is a simple step. If there was an intruder, teachers would have to open their classroom doors to lock them (and they might not have time).

    Just by keeping them locked, if we are ever on lock down that makes our classrooms just a tad bit safer.

    My question is how will our District improve our school wide safety plans? How will they change because of what has happened in CT?



  3. Marcella Y. Salvage says:

    Thank you Dr. Lane. You may remember me as “Grandma”. I have seven grandchildren and gread grandchildren in five KCK schools. I know you, your staff and all the teachers will give your all to keeping these precious children safe.

    • Yeni says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with Geoff Johnson on the point of hanivg teacher training programs that implement internships. Internships make sense because part of the problem with the current way prospective teachers are trained works for some and not others. What is being done for those where it did not work for them? There are various reasons why it did not work . In my own situation, I found the lack of support to be a factor in my not doing well. I believe that an internship will benefit all parties involved. The teachers’ who chose to have an intern must be chosen very carefully. They must have a desire and a passion to help a new teacher find their way. We all at one point needed a solid foundation to grow. I am in favour of an internship for teacher training.

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