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KCPS Celebrates Church As Community Champion

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell honored Friendship Baptist Church as a Community Champion during a School Board meeting on Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Taps Trio As Terrific Teammates

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following staff members as Terrific Teammates during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Honors Six Students As Scholar Superstars

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following students as Scholar Superstars during a virtual School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 10.

KCPS Seeking Feedback from Families with Thoughtexchange

We want to stay connected and hear your questions and ideas about how we should move forward during this pandemic and in this educational landscape. With that in mind, we're asking KCPS families for five minutes today and another five minutes tomorrow to help us plan for the future. Please join our “Thoughtexchange” today to share your thoughts and questions.

Pivot International Donates 7,000 Shields to KCPS

Pivot International, a Lenexa, KS-based global leader in product design, development, and manufacturing, has partnered with Kansas City Public Schools to enhance maximal protection for students and staff with a gift of 7,000 safety shields.

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.

Contact Information

rcortes@kcpublicschools.org

Board of Directors with Dr. Bedell