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Full School Board Member Photo with Dr. Bedell

The Board of Directors of the Kansas City Missouri School District will hold the following Special Board Meeting via videoconferencing. The public may attend via telephone conference call.

The Public may phone in using the following Conference Call numbers:
+1 816-702-6421 United States, Kansas City (Toll)
Conference ID: 644 741 088#

Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Education Collaboration Process

Board Principles for Education Collaboration

The Board of the Kansas City Public Schools believes the school district should play a defining role in building a more coordinated and organized public education system that meets the needs of all students. Toward that end, on January 24, 2018, the KCPS Board adopted the Board Principles for Education Collaboration, which describes the board’s core values and priorities for the exploration of collaboration opportunities with existing/prospective school operators and/or school model advocates. The Board Principles for Education Collaboration can be found here.

The following outlines Kansas City Public Schools’ (KCPS) administrative process for 1) exploring collaboration opportunities with existing/prospective school operators and/or school model advocates, and 2) evaluating whether proposed collaboration opportunities are aligned with the Board Principles for Education Collaboration.

KCPS Education Collaboration Process

  1. Conduct exploratory education collaboration discussions – In order for KCPS and prospective partner to better understand their respective interests and needs, the initial step of the process is to conduct exploratory collaboration discussions. Entities interested in collaborating with KCPS should contact Charnissa Holliday-Scott, Director of Educational Systems, at to begin the process. Discussions are intended to help identify if there are common interests, needs, and opportunities for collaboration. Discussions should also help inform the development of the Letter of Interest (LOI) if a prospective partner chooses to move forward with the education collaboration process. For Tier 1 and Tier 2 collaborations, exploratory discussions should begin no less than 12 months before the desired beginning school year. For Tier 3 collaborations, exploratory discussions should begin no less than 24 months before the desired beginning school year.

    Tier 1

    –Shared best practices

    • Professional development
    • ELL & SPED
    • Classroom management
    • Assessment & testing
    • Parent involvement
    • Classroom management
    • Curriculum

    –Systemwide planning

    Tier 2

    –Contract for KCPS service & resources

    • Nutrition services
    • Maintenance & custodial services
    • Accounting & payroll
    • Core data reporting
    • Safety & security
    • IT
    • Fields/facilities

    –Shared services/purchasing (contractor/vendors)

    • Transportation
    • Professional development
    • Assessment & testing
    • Enrollment

    Tier 3

    –School model partnership

    • Contract “partnership” school
    • KCPS-sponsored charter
    • KCPS serves as charter LEA
    • Co-location
  2. Interested entity submits Letter of Interest (LOI) – The Letter of Interest (LOI) provides formal notice to KCPS regarding an interested entity’s proposed collaboration. All interested entities should refer to the LOI CRITERIA, which outlines what information needs to be included in the LOI. The information presented in the LOI is non-binding but will be used by KCPS to evaluate a potential collaboration opportunity and determine whether KCPS will pursue collaboration negotiations.
  3. KCPS conducts the evaluation of Letter of Interest (LOI) – The KCPS administration will evaluate the LOI submittal against the LOI Criteria and determine if the proposed collaboration proposal is aligned with the Board Principles for Education Collaboration (please note: the Board Principles for Education Collaboration provide the underlying framework for the LOI Criteria). The KCPS administration will provide a written response to the interested entity within 60 days of receipt of a completed LOI.
  4. Joint development of collaboration agreement – If the KCPS administration affirmatively responds to an LOI, KCPS and the prospective partner will begin the development of a collaboration agreement. For Tier 3 collaborations, KCPS and the prospective partner shall meet and confer with KCPS families and the community to garner input and feedback on the collaboration. In accordance with board policy 4.1.8 and 4.1.9, meetings must take place at least 45 days prior to a Board vote. If KCPS Administration and the prospective partner do not reach mutually agreeable collaboration terms at any point during the joint development process, the KCPS Administration will provide a written response to the applicant.
  5. Collaboration agreement approval/execution – If KCPS administration and the prospective partner reach mutually agreeable collaboration terms, the collaboration agreement terms will be documented through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)/contract/etc). The Superintendent will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors that outlines the terms of the agreement and how the collaboration aligns with the Board’s Guidelines for Education Collaboration. The Board of Directors has final approval authority for all collaboration agreements.
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