Thank You!

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

Dear Teachers, Administrators and Staff,

As we close out the 2017 school year, I want to thank you for the role you play each day in supporting the students of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Your leadership and commitment to our students and the entire school district is exemplary and inspires excellence in us all.

The outcome of your hard work and support is a year of tremendous accomplishments of which we can all be proud. Here are a few of those standout achievements showcasing why KCKPS is quite simply the best:

  • Passage of a $235 million bond –This is a tremendous vote of confidence for the work you are doing everyday by our community. 
  • Sumner Academy is No. 1 in Kansas on the Washington Post’s List of Top High Schools in America
  • Frances Willard Named a Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest Winner
  • 64 high school students selected as KC Scholars ($10,000 a year renewable for 5 years in college scholarships!)
  • 283 Students were celebrated in the Superintendent’s Honor Roll for academic excellence
  • 230+ students in 4th & 5th grade received a certificate of excellence for Young Leaders of Tomorrow participation
  • Numerous business and industry leaders are investing in Diploma+ by serving on the Steering Committee, and/or Academy Advisory Boards
  • Total scholarships earned by our graduates exceeds $80 million!
  • Eli Jones and Angelica Soto were named KCKPS 2017 Teachers of the Year
  • Jodi Lin was named KMEA’s Honored Administrator for 2017
  • Parents As Teachers served 385 infants and toddlers and their families, andLauren Ware was named National Parent Educator of the Year
  • USA Football, partnered with ESPN to provide training to our coaches and support our high school teams
  • William Brame was named Debate Coach of the Year by Debate KC
  • Schlagle Men’s and Women’s Basketball Team won league and regional competitions, and competed valiantly in State 5A tournaments
  • Harmon’s Robotics Team placed 7th in FIRST Robotics, and competed in the World competition

For all the reasons listed above and so much more, the school district is fortunate to have each of you as part of our team. I know the year has not been easy.  I also know that the lives of our young people have been forever changed for the positive because of the great work of the entire KCKPS team.

Please find time this summer to rest, relax, and take care of you and your families.  You have given it your all and for that I am truly grateful.  I look forward to seeing each and every one of you in August as we continue to “Inspire Excellence:  Every Grownup, Every Child, Every Day!”

Dr. Cynthia Lane

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4 Responses to Thank You!

  1. Sharon Ellenbecker says:

    Dear Dr. Lane,

    As a concerned citizen of the state of Kansas I am concerned by what I hear about staff turnover at Washington High School. I have heard alarming numbers of open staff positions open, turning over and being filled with emergency substitute teachers in the last several years coinciding with a change in school administration. What are your thoughts on this.
    I am writing here as I see no way to email you directly on your USD 500 page.
    Thank you in advance for your response.

    • Cindy Lane says:

      I share your concern that we, along with districts across the state, are struggling to find teachers. Teacher recruitment is a major challenge for school districts across our nation. Last year there were 64,000 teaching vacancies across the country. Our university partners have indicated that the number of students entering teacher education programs are much significantly declining.

      KCKPS has implemented several different strategies to recruit teachers to our school district. These strategies include alternative routes to certification, growing our own teachers, working with international teacher programs, enhancing many of our recruitment strategies. We are also working with our current teachers to provide opportunities or their continued education. As a result we start the school year in a much stronger position. We still have vacancies, but our strategies are working. We begin the school year with openings in specialized areas. I am thankful to report, we open our doors with far fewer openings than we had just one year ago.

  2. Mrs. D says:

    Dr. Lane,

    As a parent of a student who attends Washington High School, there is a lot of turnover but my biggest concern is all the bullying and that the Dean, teachers, or school board don’t care. My child has been bullied for the past 2 year at this school and I’ve been up to the school everyday and nobody cared. I’ve been to the school board so many times that I lost count asking for her to be transferred and they have declined it every time. And this last time we found out that the dean lied to the school board when they called and told them he knew nothing about it when clearly he did. especially when I called and was up there all the time. And especially when the last time the bullying was so bad it put my daughter in the hospital.

    All I’m asking is to transfer my daughter to a different and better school.

    I don’t know how this school district can say that they are anti-bullying when they allow it to happen and don’t do anything about it when it does happen.

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