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KCPS orchestra students perform at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

"In schools, children need to have a place of belonging. They need to know they're accepted. They have to find their niche, that thing they’re good at,” said KCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier.

Five people stand in the KCPS boardroom. They are smiling as one receives an award.

At the Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Board of Education meeting, three KCPS employees were recognized as “Terrific Teammates” for their contributions to their school communities.

A banner showing smiling children with the words "Enroll now for fall!"

Current KCPS students will automatically “roll up” to the next grade, and no action is required from parents/guardians at this time. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment, as this will cause processing delays.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

With guidance from our trusted community health partners, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and administration agreed on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to end our mask mandate, effective immediately.

students in a bright, colorful classroom work on computers

On Jan. 29, 2022, 42 students from East High School, Lincoln College Prep and Lincoln Middle School competed against students from four other districts and three charter schools in the 2022 PREP-KC Math Relays. KCPS won 41 of 98 awards!

Rita M. CortÉs

Rita Cortes - Board Member

About Rita M. Cortés

Elected in April 2019, Rita is a long-time resident of Kansas City Public Schools Sub-district 1 which covers the southwest corridor of Kansas City including Coleman Highlands, Roanoke, Valentine, Volker, Westport, the Plaza, Sunset Hill, Brookside and Waldo. Fundamentally, Rita believes that every child in Kansas City deserves access to, support toward and completion of a quality preK-12 education. She seeks to serve the students and all constituents of KCPS in ensuring that objective is achieved.

Rita serves as the executive director of the Menorah Heritage Foundation. Her role is to guide the Foundation, in partnership with the Foundation Board, toward achieving its vision through grantmaking and resource stewardship. Prior to Menorah Heritage, Rita was a shareholder in the corporate practice group of law firm Seigfreid Bingham, P.C. and for nearly 20 years served as the chief executive officer of Hoffman Cortes Contracting Company, a local commercial construction firm. Rita’s education includes a B.A. (Political Science) from Rice University; a J.D. (with honors) from the George Washington University Law School; and an LL.M. in Taxation from UMKC. She has been long active in the civic and business community, serving on a wide variety of non-profit boards and professional organizations in construction, education, health care, social justice and in the Jewish community over the past 25 years.

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Board of Directors with Dr. Bedell