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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: Reflections

Today, we remember a significant milestone in our nation’s history. Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousand of citizens participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I hope that every classroom in KCKPS and across the country … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Is Your Glass Half Full?

I am reading a book titled, “Three Feet from Gold,” by Sharon L. Lechter and Greg S. Reid. The book has me thinking about the power of perspectives, the power of commitment to succeed, and about life in general. It … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Whisper Down the Lane

One of the many privileges I have as superintendent is sharing the stories of our students, teachers, and our entire staff. Every day, I witness extraordinary accomplishments: from four-year-olds reading and writing, to students engaged in robotics competitions and “Math … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: What a Summer Vacation!

“Summer time and the living is easy!” It certainly has been summer here in KCK, but our staff have been doing anything but living easy. Unless by living easy you mean putting the pedal to the metal and getting in … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Who Will Speak for Our Children?

This week the Kansas Governor’s office released the framework of a new school finance formula that “increases local control, transparency, accountability, breaks the cycle of litigation, and focuses more resources on the classroom.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? On the surface, … Continue reading

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