Tag Archives: Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

“To everything, there is a season…”

In recent months, the words “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” have brought me both comfort and a sense of sadness as I face a time in my life of transition. … Continue reading

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Gratitude

Just before winter break, the Clay Blair Family Foundation came together with our health and wellness partners – CBIZ, Benefits Direct, Garmin, and Guardian – to provide every Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) employee with a Garmin® Vivofit® 3, … Continue reading

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“This Is Not Right…”

“This Is Not Right…” It was, at once, an expression of grief, a plea for help, a cry of desperation, from a young woman who had no other words to express the pain and anguish she was feeling. Her friend … Continue reading

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Board of Education Election Results

On November 7, 2017, voters in Kansas City, Kansas elected four new members to the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education, and reelected one current member. The new members are: Harold Brown – Businessman and foster parent Maxine Drew – … Continue reading

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The Clock Is Running

The most recent Supreme Court ruling on school finance affirmed, once again, that the system to fund public education in Kansas remains unconstitutional. I have been intimately involved in advocating for equitable and adequate school funding for years, and I … Continue reading

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Change and Progress

The change of seasons always has me thinking about change. Isn’t it interesting how time seemed to move slowly when we were kids, and as we get a few miles behind us, nearly everything seems to be changing rapidly? I … Continue reading

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Tapestry of Cultures

We opened the doors to a new school year on August 11. As I visited schools to greet our students, I was once again reminded of the rich diversity that is our community. The faces of our students represent the … Continue reading

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Diversity is Our Strength

The doors to a new school year have opened. In Kansas City, Kansas, we have such a rich history. A history that began in 1844 when the first public school was built right here in my community, serving white and … Continue reading

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Equitable and Adequate School Funding

I received this photograph from Alan, a colleague who, like many of us, has spent decades advocating for equitable and adequate funding for Kansas schools. Apparently, the Mayan people of Chichen Itza, Mexico found it entertaining to watch “athletes” transcend … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Stand in the Light

There are moments in life that affirm my belief that if you stay true to your principles, good things will happen.  I have learned that many times, just when it seems that disappointment and darkness will win the day, something … Continue reading

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