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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.


The Communications Department strives to deliver important messages to those we serve in KCPS and the general public. This is accomplished by producing several forms of original marketing, news and strategic communications content. The department provides communications services to all KCPS employees.

Communications Departments:

  • Department of Internal Communications
  • Office of Web and Digital Communications
  • Office of Multimedia Communications
  • Office Customer Service
  • Department of Public Relations & Marketing
  • Office of Marketing and Advertising
  • Department of Strategic Communications

Responsibilities of the Department of Communications:

  • Calendar Updates
  • Staff, Parent and Student Messaging & Communication
  • Digital Media Services & Training
  • Digital Signage Content Production
  • Web Services
  • School Produced News
  • School Social Media
  • School Event Support
  • Student Town Halls
  • KCPS Rocks
  • Employee Appreciation
  • Intramurals
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Production
  • Customer Service Training
  • Central Office Event Support

Communication Services

Communication Services is committed to providing timely, effective communications that engage our students, parents and employees. The team provides a wide array of services that are found below. 

Internal Communication: Offices, Overviews & Responsibilites

The Department of Internal & Cross-Cultural Communications strives to deliver important messages to KCPS stakeholders.

Internal Communications includes delivering information to KCPS employees, students and parents. This includes employee newsletters, memos, maintaining district calendars, district e-mails distribution and producing other communication materials and documents for KCPS employees, students and parents.

Cross-Cultural Communications provides translation and interpretation services to KCPS stakeholders. This includes business and document translations along with on-site Spanish/English interpretations. The office also provides cross-cultural awareness and competency training to staff members.

PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING: Offices, Overviews & Responsibilities

The Department of Public Relations & Marketing disseminates messages about Kansas City Public Schools to interested members of the community. The office of uses news releases, press conferences, speaking engagements and social media to engage our community.


The Department of Strategic Communications and Outreach is focused on the development of key messaging, policies and tactics to achieve district goals and objectives. We focus on relationship-building with key elected officials, community leaders and members of the media. The office helps KCPS families and employees understand how local, regional and national policies directly affect students, schools and communities. We are thought partners who provide strategic communications support to KCPS departments and serve as a strategy partner for the Superintendent, the Cabinet and the School Board.