Board of Education
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About the Board of Education
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is governed by a seven-member body of citizens elected by the voters of the school district. These seven members are charged with making sure that the school district operates in the best interests of the students and the community. All members serve without pay. The board of education is the school district's governing body, as set forth in state and federal law.
The board is responsible for setting district policy, adopting an annual budget, and approving of general district matters, including personnel, curriculum, facilities, and other district business matters. The board is responsible for hiring the superintendent of schools, and is responsible for overseeing the superintendent's duties and performance.
Board of Education meetings are normally held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the third floor Board Room at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street. The entire board meeting schedule can be found in the right submenu — "Meeting Calendar". Except as otherwise provided by law, all meetings for the conduct of the affairs of and the transaction of business by the Board of Education of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools shall be open to the public.
How to Address the Board
Those wishing to speak about a policy-related issue at a Board of Education meeting must make their request to the Board Clerk no later than noon the day prior to the Board meeting.
During the Community Comment section near the beginning of the meeting, each speaker will have three minutes to address the Board about policy-related matters. Derogatory or critical remarks about specific district personnel or students are inappropriate and will not be permitted.
If a speaker wishes to discuss a topic which is on the meeting agenda, the speaker's comments will be deferred until that item is considered.
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Board Meeting Schedule
All regular meetings will begin at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
August 9, 2022
August 23, 2022
September 13, 2022
September 27, 2022
October 11, 2022
October 25, 2022
November 15, 2022
December 13, 2022
January 10, 2023
January 24, 2023
February 14, 2023
February 28, 2023
March 28, 2023
April 11, 2023 - @ Gloria Willis Middle School, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 25, 2023
May 9, 2023
May 23, 2023
June 13, 2023
June 27, 2023
July 18, 2023
Your Board Members
If you have questions or comments regarding Board members or policy, you may email Leslie Smith, Clerk of the Board.
Randy Lopez currently serves as Vice President of Community Programs for the Wyandotte Health Foundation in Kansas City, KS. He is responsible for program development and grants administration in the Foundation's funding priority areas of Primary Care, and Early Childhood Trauma, as well as for special initiatives. In addition to grant-making, Lopez plays an important role in increasing collaborative partnerships as well as community awareness and engagement.
Randy currently serves on the Boards of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund, The United Way of Wyandotte County, Central Avenue Betterment Association, the Children's Campus of Kansas City, and Vibrant Health Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics Advisory Board. Lopez has also served on the board of the REACH Healthcare Foundation in Kansas City, serving on the executive committee and chair of the Program and Policy Committee.
Randy was named the 2018 NFL & Kansas City Chiefs Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and in April of 2019 was presented the Champion of Character certificate by the Office of the Governor's Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission. Lopez was selected to The Funders Network National 2018 PLACES Fellowship, a yearlong journey to incorporate the values of racial, social and economic equity into the workplace.
A son of Mexican immigrants, Lopez was born and raised in Kansas City, KS, graduated from Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, and earned his undergraduate degree from Rockhurst University. Later, Randy was selected into the National Urban Fellows Program where he received a Master of Public Administration from the Baruch College, including time as a fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Contact Randy Lopez.
Term Began: 01/14/20
Term Ends: January 2024
Ms. Clark is a lifelong resident of Wyandotte County, and has been in the financial industry over 20 years, specifically with Commerce Bank for the last 14 years. Ms. Clark manages staff of various levels, establishes and implements procedures to enhance quality assurance, spearheads and participates in various mentoring initiatives, specializes in career development, and directionally manages based upon proactive and reactive situations.
Ms. Clark is also the Chair of Inclusion and Diversity Council, a mentor to several, a life member of a Roswell Church of Christ, and works with our youth in a variety of capacities. She attended White Church Elementary, Eisenhower Middle and Washington High School (Class of 1995). She received her Associates from KCKCC, her Bachelors from Friends University, and graduated from the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative (2018).
Ms. Clark is married to Donnie Clark, Jr. and has 3 children; one child is currently serving in the Navy and two students in the district. She is the daughter of Randy and Linda George has one brother and both a niece and a nephew.
What does she love most about Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? "Our students, staff and families. Being a lifelong resident of Wyandotte County, I enjoy making the family connections."
Yolanda is a firm believer in the quote to "to whom much is given, much is required."
"I believe in the power of our community and want to see every student leverage and benefit from what is offered."
Contact Yolanda Clark.
Term Began: 01/14/20
Term Ends: January 2024
Maxine Drew prides herself on being a spiritual person who listens, learns and always tries to do her best.
She retired from the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) after 35 years of service. Thirty-four of her years with KCKPS, she was employed as a social studies teacher, teaching one year at Eisenhower Middle School and 33 years at West Middle School. Her first year with the district, she served as a paraprofessional at Coronado Middle School.
While at the school district, she was heavily involved in the family advocacy program working with parents to set goals for the academic and emotional success of their children. She trained in the Behavior Intervention Support Team program to implement behavioral changes for middle school students and also trained as an instructional coach.
Since retiring from KCKPS, she devotes most of her time to serving as secretary and church clerk at New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Vernon DeBose, Jr. In this role, she keeps records of meetings, calendar dates and functions of the church, as well as creates, designs and maintains the church bulletin for Sunday morning services.
A lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kansas, she loves the family connection exemplified by residents. My mother taught us family means everything. I see the family concept connection always wherever I go in Kansas City, Kansas.
A 1971 graduate of Sumner High School, she attended Northeast Junior High School, Douglass, Grant, Stowe, Kealing and Abbott Elementary schools. She has a master's degree in teaching curriculum & instruction, and a bachelor's degree in history from Park University, Parkville, Missouri. She also attended Kansas City Community Junior College.
She is the recipient of the Office Max Star Teacher Award in 2011 and the Friends of Yates Black Men & Women of Distinction honor in 2010.
What does she love most about Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? "I have always loved seeing the look on the students faces when they make the connection between knowing and understanding what is being taught to them," she said.
She has passed her love of KCKPS and the teaching profession to her son, Jason L. Drew, who is currently teaching at Wyandotte High School.
Contact Maxine Drew.
Term Began: 01/9/2018
Term Ends: January 2026
Janey Marie Humphries, who has been active in the community for years, was re-elected to the Board of Education in November 2017. Prior to the election, she was appointed to the Board of Education to fill the vacant and unexpired term of board member Gloria A. Willis in April 2017.
Humphries and her husband Richard have lived in Kansas City, Kansas for over 40 years. They have four grown children who all graduated from the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Mrs. Humphries graduated from Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, California and attended Kansas City, Kansas Community College and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.
She has been active in many community organizations over the years including the KCK Public Library Foundation, Livable Neighborhoods, East Argentine Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Crime Prevention Patrol, South Patrol Advisory Committee, the school district's Vision Committee and served a four-year term on the Wyandotte County Ethics Commission. She has been a PTA member and volunteer in our schools since 1981, serving as PTA President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and the Kansas State PTA Region 7 Vice-President.
What does she love most about Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? "There are so many great things happening in our schools! I love visiting classrooms and watching the children as they learn as well as observing the teaching staff reaching out to our children in multiple ways ensuring each and every child has a chance to learn. This is so very different from when I was in school," she said. She also loves attending school events and seeing the excited and proud faces of parents and families supporting their children. "Seeing all of the support staff working in transportation, the shop, custodial services, clerical, and food service, just to name a few, interacting with our kids and by their actions demonstrates Inspiring Excellence: Every Grownup, Every Child, Every Day," said Humphries.
"This just touches the tip of the iceberg of what I love about our schools and community! Being able to experience all of this inspires me every day to strive for excellence," she said.
Contact Janey Humphries.
Term Began: 1/14/20
Term Ends: January 2024
Wanda Kay Paige
Wanda Kay Paige attributes her personal and professional success to focusing on family and community.
She is a retired social studies teacher with 30 years of service to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS). She was a teacher at Argentine Middle School for 24 years, Coronado Middle School for one year and at Central Middle School for five years. During the majority of her tenure with the school district, she taught the subjects of World History, Geography, Kansas History and American History.
Before retiring from KCKPS in May 2012, she was responsible for several tasks both inside and outside the classroom that included:
- tutoring students before and after school,
- serving as an advisor for the Peer Mentoring Program,
- coaching basketball, track and volleyball teams,
- sponsoring Cinco De Mayo, Black History Month, Women's History Month and Asian History Month activities,
- participating on the Teacher's Social Committee, and
- working with the Book Club.
A lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kansas, she has lived in the community for more than 61 years, where she loves the people and the entertainment aspects of the city.
She is a 1974 graduate of Wyandotte High School and a former student at Hawthorne Elementary School and Northwest Middle School. Paige has a master's degree in teaching social studies and a bachelor's degree in history from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. She has also completed adult education courses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and English as a Second Language courses at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Heart of America Sisterhood, Inc., and Tabernacle Baptist Church.
She is the recipient of several awards over the years including:
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Royal Leadership Award, 2017 & 2008; The Mentorship Award, 2010; and Kansas Educator Award, 2012
- YWCA, Woman of Distinction Award, 2016
- Oldies 95 Teacher of the Year, 1997 - 1998
- University of Wisconsin, Minority Student of the Year, 1980
- Simpson College, George Washington Carver Award, 1976; and Concerned Minority Student Award, 1977
Paige is the daughter of Eddie and Aser Lee Brownlee. She has four brothers, four sisters and a host of nieces and nephews.
What does she love most about the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? "I love the children, teachers and parents," she said.
Contact Wanda Paige.
Term Began: 01/9/2018
Term Ends: January 2026
Rachel Russell is a fierce and fun non-profit professional with a strong dedication to volunteerism and service in both her professional and personal life. Rachel currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for Cross-Lines Community Outreach where she is responsible for community partnerships and collaborations that benefit the organization and Wyandotte County as a whole. As a strong advocate for parent and community engagement, she looks forward to identifying ways to create a stronger and better school-community-parent partnership as we achieve excellence for every child.
Ms. Russell is the proud mother of 3 beautiful children, Kaiya, Halle, and Josiah. She and her children currently reside in the Rosedale Community. Rachel is the daughter of Kipchoge and Lisa VanHoose. Rachel is the oldest of her siblings, Raven, Kiah, and Kipchoge Jr.
Born in Little Rock Arkansas, relocating to Kansas City KS in 1999, and graduating from Piper High School in 2007. Rachel has been active member in many local and statewide community groups with most of her experience serving in many capacities for the local, district, and state PTA. She also serves in a leadership role for the following civic groups: Our Spot KC, STEM-Connect KC, COVID-19 Regional Response and Recovery Fund, and the KC Chamber of Commerce Steering Committee. Rachel is 2022 Kauffman Education Fellow and a graduate of the Inaugural Parent Leadership Training Institute-KC Class.
What does Rachel love most about Kansas City KS Public Schools? “I appreciate the diversity that our district has and the opportunity to see that diversity and culture displayed in each of our buildings uniquely.”
Contact Rachel Russell.
Term Began: 01/11/2022
Term Ends: January 2026
Dr. Valdenia Winn
Dr. Valdenia C. Winn (Persley) is a member of USD 500 Board of Education, the 34th District Kansas State House of Representative, a Kansas City Kansas Community College history professor and a community volunteer.
In April 2015, Dr. Winn was elected to the USD 500 Board of Education, Kansas City, Kansas for a four-year term. Dr. Winn works tirelessly to promote, support and strengthen K-12 education for all students. Furthermore, she is also committed to helping the Administration, faculty and staff navigate the Kansas School finance formula.
Since earning her PhD in History and International Relations from the University of Kansas in 1993, Dr. Winn has been involved in the Greater Kansas City community serving on numerous community neighborhood associations and until recently coordinated an after-school computer/tutorial lab for K-12 students residing in northeast Kansas City, Kansas. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus.
Dr. Winn has been a Professor of history at Kansas City Kansas Community College for over four decades. Her specialty is Twentieth-Century United States History and African American History.
In 1999, she received the prestigious Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Study Abroad Award sponsored by the United States Department of Education. As director of 16 secondary education/university faculty, she led the curriculum development team as they conducted research for six weeks at the universities in Dakar, Senegal and St. Louis, Senegal (West Africa). Upon return to Kansas City, each member presented workshops throughout the Kansas City metro area and developed curriculum that infused concepts of West African history and culture into the core curriculum in their respective disciplines.
Currently, Representative Winn is completing her 10th term in the Kansas House of Representatives, serving the citizens of the 34th District, Kansas City, Kansas. Rep. Winn serves as Assistant Minority Leader of the House Democrats, the Ranking Democrat on K-12 Education Budget Committee, a member of the Capital Preservation Committee; and a member of the Children's Cabinet and Trust Fund. One of her legislative successes was securing the passage of SB 54. SB 54 (2011 session) commissioned a mural commemorating Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al. for the walls of the newly remodeled Kansas State Capital. The House leadership objected, and the bill was stalled. It was only because of Rep. Winn's tenacity and knowledge of House rules that SB 54 passed the House and was later signed into law. When appointed as chairperson of the Capital Preservation Committee by then Governor Mark Parkinson, Rep. Winn became the first African American female member of the Minority Party (Democrat) to serve as chairperson of a Legislative Committee. While no longer the chairperson, Rep. Winn still serves as a member of the Capital Preservation Committee. Since May 2018 the mural commemorating Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, et al is showcased on the 3rd floor of the Kansas State Capital.
In 2017, Rep. Winn, along with a fellow representative, designed curriculum for a Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Summer Seminar, held at Washburn University. Focused on "teaching the trainer," 2019 marked the second year that the Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Seminar was offered to K-12 teachers of Kansas. The Seminar is sanctioned by the Kansas State Board of Education as well as the Kansas State Department of Education. Upon completion of the seminar the participants will be certified to facilitate training of other K-12 teachers in culturally relevant pedagogy.
In her spare time, Valdenia and her husband Keith Persley enjoy sporting events and traveling throughout the United States and internationally.
Contact Dr. Valdenia Winn.
Term Began: 1/14/2020
Term Ends: January 2024
Environmental Scan and HR Audit
KCKPS Environmental Scan (PDF)
Human Resources Study (PDF)
We want to hear from you. Please take a moment to take this survey and share your thoughts on the results of the Environmental Scan and HR Audit. What questions or comments do you have as the Board of Education moves forward with goal setting?
The Arrowhead Middle School Vocal Choir, directed by Sydney Williams, kicked off the board meeting Tuesday evening with the singing of the Negro National Anthem. The song closed out the month of district-wide celebrations honoring African Americans past and present.
School Board Recognition Month
The Board of Education and Superintendent recognized Albino Ambrosio, Tracy Cooper, and Stacy McDowell as Employees of the Month.
Students of the Month for February
Emery Patterson – Kansas City, Kansas Early Childhood Center
Joseph Ellis - Quindaro Elementary School
Bristol Rosales Pedroza – Arrowhead Middle School
Daquon Cheadle - FL Schlagle High School
Oviya Pugazhendhi – Frank Rushton Elementary School
Brenna Neal - Washington HS
Emily Velasquez - F.L. Schlagle HS
Aumunique Johnson - Wyandotte HS
The Board recessed into Executive Session for Consultation with the Board's Attorney on matters which would be deemed privileged in the Attorney-Client Relationship under the Kansas Open Meetings Act, with potential action to follow.
The Board also recessed to Executive Session to discuss matters of non-elected personnel in order to protect the privacy interest of the party(ies) involved under the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
- The Board Approved the following items on the consent agenda.
- Human Resources Report and Recommendations
- Payment of Bills
- Payment of Bills for the Public Libraries
- Travel Approvals - Professional Development and Student Travel
- Eureka Math (K-5th) 1 year extension
- Destiny Resource Manager
- Approve minutes from January 20, 2023, Special Board Meeting
- Approve minutes from February 14, 2023, Regular Board Meeting
Board Update & Approval
- The Board of Education approved the District Independent Audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2022 submitted Brad Isnard, the Director of Finance. The audit of the financial records of Unified School District 500 has been completed by Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. (AGH). The comprehensive report includes the General Purpose Financial Statements and the Single Audit Report. No material weaknesses or concerns were reported.
- The district calendar committee consisting of collaborative voices from the NEA Bargaining Unit, building and district administrators agreed upon calendar option for the 2023-2024 District Calendar. The calendar option submitted by the committee was approved by the Board of Education.
- In a separate vote, the board also approved and adopted the district Early Childhood calendar.
- The contract for the Panorama SEL and MTSS platform was approved by the Board of Education. Panorama Education partners with K-12 schools and districts across the country to collect and analyze data about social-emotional learning, school climate, family engagement, and more. The district wants to acquire the Panorama SEL survey as well as the Student Success/MTSS platform for our students in Early Childhood through 8th grade. The Panorama SEL survey will help staff gather data on students' social emotional learning (SEL), the process of developing key skills for academic and life success.
- Panorama Education Proposal
- Panorama Service Order
- With the expansion of evaluations being requested and conducted across the district, and with the loss of a researcher in the DERA department for a time, there is a need to fill the gap to complete the end-of-year projects. The Board approved the one-year contract at a cost of $54,500 to assist the school district in all phases of the research process. The work will be paid out of ESSER funds.
Hanover Research Agreement
- Board of Education approved the launch of the Dual Language Program in KCKPS as submitted by the director of ESOL & Migrant Programs, Jacqueline Rodriguez. The district currently serves over 8,000 students through the department of ESOL, and 54% of the total student population speak Spanish. A two-way bilingual program is research-based and is designed to enhance the academic outcomes of our students. The program vision is to inspire excellence though K-5 dual language programs rooted in biliteracy and bicultural schools within three KCKPS schools.
USD 500 Dual Language Launch Presentation
- The Board approved the purchase of new connected devices for K-8 students at the cost of $11,124,435.00 over the course of 3 years. The first year will cost $5,793,795 the first year and will be paid from both ESSER funds ($3,500,000) and TIS Instructional Computer Hardware budget ($2,293,795). As we continue to explore options to address learning gaps, the district engaged in conversations with Apple and T-Mobile to provide connected devices to all students. Providing connected iPads for all students addresses equity issues and helps to bridge the digital divide. Many low-income students lack access to technology and the internet outside of school, making it difficult for them to complete homework assignments and keep pace with their peers.
KCKPS 3 Year Quote
Apple Inc. Education Price Quote
The Department of Leadership and Learning shared information with the Board of Education about the importance of professional development for teachers and staff. Since 1988, Solution Tree has provided professional development for teachers and staff that assist with positive transformation at the school, district, state, and regional levels. As KCKPS works to navigate challenging issues that at times become a barrier to student success, Solution Tree has a history of offering a comprehensive customized professional development to assist in reaching our North Star.
This was an informational item for the board.
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools proposal for Re-energizing the PLC at Work
WCSD Solution Tree Impact Evaluation Report
Staff provided an update regarding the work occurring related to the Kansas Education Systems of Accreditation (KESA) process and the action steps the district is taking to prepare for this final year in the accreditation cycle and the Year 5 accreditation visit, scheduled for March 29, 2023. The Board accepted the report as an informational item.
KESA 5 Year OVT Accreditation Preparation Presentation
The KCKPS Parent and Student Handbook contains important information, which has been prepared to help inform and answer some of the common questions parents have about our district. It is also designed to provide helpful information about USD 500 district practices, policies, programs, and procedures.
Upcoming Agenda Items
- Third Quarter Report
- Student Support Programs Department Update
- AVID Update
- ESSER Update on Dollar Allocation
- ESOL and Migrant Program Department Update