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John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

Accountability

This division encompasses the following departments and offices: 

  • Department of Research, Accountability, and Assessment provides data analyses, evaluations, and other services to facilitate the monitoring of progress towards accomplishing the Strategic Plan vision, purpose, and core values.
    • Office of Research & Accountability
    • Office of Assessment
    • Office of Dropout Prevention & Attendance
  • Department of Planning and Real Estate leads the development, implementation, and monitoring of planning initiatives and oversees the reuse/redevelopment of surplus property. 

Additional information and resources can be found in each section below. 

Departments and Offices

Board of Education

Department Contacts 

Email

David Rand – Executive Director of Research & Accountability

Research, Assessment & Accountability  

Jerome Williams – Research and Accountability Manager
  • Aaron Butler – Coordinator of Assessment & Compliance
  • Thomas Sullivan - Attendance Data Analyst & Project Manager
  • Mandy Slaughter - Lead Data Analyst
  • Izzette Torres - Core Data Analyst
  • Jess McCarthy – Research and Assessment Coordinator

Planning & Real Estate 

  • Jesse Lange – Senior Planner