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May 27, 2021

KCPS Weekly News

Superintendent Mark Bedell's
Quarterly Announcements

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Dr. Bedell's Quarterly Announcement

KCPS Names New School Leadership

Assistant Superintendent Krystal Thomas

Krystal Thomas

Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership


Dr. Simone Chambers

Principal, Southeast High

Principal Harrison Neal

Harrison Neal, Sr.

Principal, Central Middle


Dr. Jimmie Bullard

Principal, Longfellow & Benjamin Banneker Elementary

The 2021-2022 school year will bring some new faces and changes in school leadership. Krystal Thomas was named the new assistant superintendent of school leadership for the district. Ms. Thomas has been in education 26 years, where she has served as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and currently principal at Elgin School District. “I am looking forward to supporting school leadership through collaboration and teamwork,” Ms. Thomas said.


Next school year, Dr. Simone Chambers will serve as the principal of Southeast High School. Dr. Chambers has been part of the KCPS family for ten years, currently finishing her third year as principal at Central Middle School. Previously, she served as a vice principal at Southeast and Southwest High Schools. “I look forward to building on Southeast’s current accomplishments and working to achieve greater things,” Dr. Chambers said.


Filling the role of principal at Central Middle School is Harrison Neal, Sr. Over the past five school years, Mr. Neal has served as principal for Benjamin Banneker Elementary. In this time, he has built a team dedicated to student support and building a community of family engagement and support. “I have always desired to make an impact within my community,” said Mr. Neal. “I am honored to have this opportunity to make a lasting impact within the Central Middle School community.”


With 16 years of experience in education, Dr. Jimmie Bullard isn’t a stranger to establishing meaningful relationships with students and families. She has served as principal at Longfellow Elementary for the past four years and will continue to serve as principal at both Longfellow and Benjamin Banneker Elementary. “I look forward to continuing to unlock the potential of every student that attends the schools I serve,” Dr. Bullard said.


Congratulations to our new school leadership!

KCPS Students Selected for Summer Internship Program with T-Mobile 

T-Mobile_New_Logo_Primary_RGB_W-on-M.jpgFive KCPS juniors and one graduating senior were selected for T-Mobile’s inaugural Explorer Prep Program. Congratulations to Lincoln College Preparatory Academy students Taline Huynh and Kelvin Le, and East High students Stefano Merced, Lorgens Saint Paul, Phuc Vo and Ebony Williams (graduating senior). These students will learn more about software development and engineering during the eight-week paid internship. They will also take two college-level computer science courses next year and will have the opportunity to intern with T-Mobile again next summer. Upon graduation, students will complete a one-year certificate program at Metropolitan Community Colleges and be eligible for employment with T-Mobile.

First Student Graduates from New Cosmetology Program

ManualCosmetologyGraduate.jpgSenior Zaryhia Lucas, who also attends Southeast High School, is the first student to graduate from Manual Career and Technical Center’s new cosmetology program. Manual partnered with Transformed Barber and Cosmetology Academy in 2019 to offer the course to Kansas City high school students.


Zaryhia also studied and sat for her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) credentials. She is finalizing her post-graduation plans.


Congratulations Zaryhia!

Paseo Academy Hosting Musical May 27, 28


Free Pre-K Seats Available for 2021-2022

FreePreKCollateral2021graphic.jpgBuild a foundation of academic success in one of our quality, nurturing preschool programs. From Montessori to traditional preschool to our Head Start Early Learning Community Schools, Kansas City Public Schools provides world-class options for your student.


Each preschool program is home to a dedicated, caring staff. With ongoing professional development and full-time curriculum coordinators, teachers receive continuous support, and are committed to deliver excellent instruction every day. At KCPS, we hold an unwavering commitment to exceptional education with a focus on supporting students. The result? Children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.


Two ways to apply:

  • In person: Visit our Admissions Office at 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO
  • Online: Apply from home by visiting

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Admissions Hotline at (816) 418-7505

Summer Internships Available to High School Students

Internships are a critical part of learning for students. At KCPS, we encourage students to take advantage of the many paid internship experiences offered this summer.


Entrepreneurship KC was developed to help create the next generation of entrepreneurs by providing entrepreneurial experiences to area students. Entrepreneurship KC is offering a $600 stipend for students who complete a five-week virtual internship. Visit their website to apply.


Hire KC helps high school students find and get internships and jobs that help students achieve success and a great future. This summer, Hire KC is offering hundreds of eight-week internships for high school students ages 16+ years old. With a $1000 stipend, Hire KC is offering opportunities in non-profit, government and local business organizations. Visit their website to start the application process.


In addition to the stipend, students will also earn academic credit for internships. For more information, please contact Crystal Everett, Real World Learning Coordinator, at or call 816-418-5226.