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A group dressed in coats cuts a blue ribbon in front of a memorial for Thacher School.

Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave.

Student artwork from the Lincoln Middle School exhibition

Students in Harold Smith's art class hosted an art exhibit at Lincoln Middle School last week, drawing on works in "Testimony: African American Artists Collective."

The student showcase, called "Our Testimony," explores the emotions, memories and values of the Lincoln Middle School artists, said eighth grader Gabriella Morris.

Watch the Blueprint 2030 video on YouTube.

If you were unable to participate in a Blueprint 2030 community conversation in October, there's still time to take the priority survey. From here, we’ll keep you updated on more dates and details around future opportunities for feedback this winter and into the spring.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11. As we have throughout the pandemic, KCPS is working with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the the Kansas City Health Department to get our families the most accurate COVID-19 information

Manuel R. Abarca IV

Manny Abarca - Board Member

About Manuel R. Abarca IV

First elected in April 2019, Treasurer Manuel R. Abarca IV currently serves the 3rd Sub-District which includes: a portion of the Historic Northeast, Columbus Park, City Market, a portion of Downtown, Quality Hill, and the Historic Westside communities. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Occupational Safety Management with an emphasis in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Central Missouri, and is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As Deputy District Director for U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver's office, Mr. Abarca has the honor to work in constituent services and community engagement. Previously, he served on the Guadalupe Center Educational Systems Board of Directors and services on the Board of Directors for: MoKan Goodwill, ReDiscover Mental Health Clinics, Samuel Rodgers Health Center, Healing House Inc., the Northeast Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association. "It is my distinct honor and privilege to be able to serve the children of our city and, in some way, help ensure the next generation of leaders has received a quality education from our public school system. Thank you for entrusting in me to serve."

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Board of Directors with Dr. Bedell