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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.

Morgan McPartland teacher of Carver

May 4-8, 2020, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything we do in Kansas City Public Schools revolves around the relationships between our teachers and our students. I want to express my gratitude for the work our teachers do every day.

Marketing, Communications & Community Engagement

In the Division of Communications and Engagement, our purpose is to assist Kansas City Public Schools to provide a high-quality education that prepares all of our students, regardless of background or circumstance, for success in college, career and life.

Our Marketing, Communications and Community Engagement team believes 1.) we have a responsibility to communicate effectively with internal and external customers; 2.) that focused, meaningful public engagement supports the district’s goals, and that effective communication:

  • is a two-way process with internal and external customers.
  • helps increase student performance, innovation and well-being.
  • is the responsibility of every employee of the district.
  • is in the best interest of students and staff.

We support KCPS’s strategic initiatives through:

  1. Internal and External Communications
  2. Marketing and Advertising
  3. News and Information
  4. Media Relations
  5. Event Communication Assistance
  6. Web Services
  7. Customer Service

For additional questions please email us at: communications@kcpublicschools.org or call (816) 418-7606.

More About This Division

Board of Education

Contact us personally:

Kelly Wachel,
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer:
kwachel@kcpublicschools.org

Justin Robinson,
Director of Communications:
jrobinso@kcpublicschools.org

Ray Weikal,
Public Relations Manager:
rweikal@kcpublicschools.org