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September 16, 2021
weekly kcps news

Thank you for being patient with us this week as as our bus drivers learn their new routes. We know that transportation has been an ongoing frustration this school year. Hiring drivers is still challenging for KCPS and surrounding school districts. Our transportation provider, Student Transportation of America, continues to recruit drivers aggressively. 


This week we launched the SafeStop bus app, which many of you used during the 2019-20 school year. You can download this app and use it to track where your bus is and see the expected arrival time. We hope having real-time bus information will make mornings easier for our KCPS families. 


To get started, download SafeStop and use activation key 2021KCPS 


Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these transportation challenges together. Every KCPS student deserves to get to school on time and safely. We think the changes we made this week will make that happen consistently.


We Want Your Feedback on the Future of KCPS


KCPS wants to know what matters to YOU as we engage in a year-long strategic planning process. Your feedback will help us create a better future for KCPS students. With your
help, we'll design schools that work for Kansas City families, ensuring high-
quality opportunities for pK-12 students.


Here's how to participate: Take the Blueprint 2030 parent survey in EnglishSpanishVietnamese or Swahili. Then, help your child take the Blueprint 2030 student survey so we know what matters to them. Encourage other KCPS families to do the same.


In the next few weeks, we'll be sharing dates for Blueprint 2030 community engagement events at our schools. We hope you'll attend! Together, we can make sure every student in our city gets the education they deserve.


Students, Give Back to Your School Community

Calling all high school students! KCPS is looking for students to serve on our Student District Advisory Council (SDAC) as the student voice for the district. SDAC members gain leadership, public speaking and team-building experience while they build a network of supporters and mentors in KCPS and the community. Plus, students have an opportunity to earn volunteer hours while serving with like-minded youths to help improve our schools and our system.


To participate, students must be enrolled in one of the six KCPS high schools, complete the SDAC application and join monthly virtual meetings. Apply by Sept. 30.

Want to Serve on the Kansas City Public Schools Retirement System Board? Apply by October 4

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as a representative to the KCPS Retirement System Board of Trustees. The KCPS Board of Directors will select a representative to serve the four (4) year term (January 1, 2022 to December 2025) to the Kansas City Public Schools Retirement System Board of Trustees.


The provisions of Section 169.291, subsection 1 of the Missouri Revised Statues read as follows:


“1. The general administration and the responsibility for the proper operation of the retirement system are hereby vested in a board of trustees of twelve persons who shall be resident taxpayers of the school district as follows: 


(1) Four trustees to be appointed for terms of four years by the board of education; provided, however, that the terms of office of the first four trustees so appointed shall begin immediately upon their appointment and shall expire one, two, three and four years from the date the retirement system becomes operative, respectively;”


The KCPSRS Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the Retirement System is appropriately governed and managed with the goal of protecting Fund assets; creating and maintaining an atmosphere that encourages frank and collegial discussions between the Board and management; and establishing and communicating Board policies and priorities and monitoring performance.


Each Board Member acts as a fiduciary of the Retirement System, and attends regular meetings of the Board of Trustees normally held 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month; and completes at least six hours of Board education each year.


Individuals interested in serving on the KCPSRS Board of Trustees can submit their names for consideration by sending a resume or background statement with complete contact information to: Office of Board Services, 2901 Troost Avenue, Room 202, Kansas City MO 64109, or by emailing To be considered, individuals must reside within the KCPS district boundaries.


The deadline to submit a resume is 5 p.m. Monday, October 4, 2021. The KCPS Board of Directors will hold interviews during the month of November 2021 and complete its selection process by December 8, 2021

Property Tax Levy Public Hearing is Sept. 22

The KCPS Board of Directors will hold a Property Tax Levy Public Hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 before the Regular Business Meeting. This is an annual review of the district's tax rate, and the public is welcome to attend.


Individuals interested in providing public comment during the hearing should contact the Office of Board Services before 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 by calling 816-418-7621 or via email at Alternatively, individuals may sign up at the meeting before 5:45 p.m.


Speakers should limit their remarks to three (3) minutes and follow all rules for public comment.