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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

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