Dr. Mark Bedell

A Letter From Dr. Bedell

Hello, KCPS families, friends, staff and visitors!

Dr Mark Bedell

Believe it or not, we are nearly halfway through the first quarter of the 2019-2020 academic year. This fact reinforces a high priority that I talk about on a regular basis: acting with a sense of urgency. We simply must be creating value for every student during every minute of every class day. There is no time to spare. I know that you are all with me. I see the hard, urgent work our teammates are doing when I visit schools. I recognize that you are grinding it out. Your intense efforts now will have a lifelong impact on our students.

I witnessed that level of commitment on Friday afternoon when I attended the faculty recital at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. This event was inspiring! I want to commend the school’s faculty members who were brave enough to get up on stage and really demonstrate their talents for the assembled students and staff. It was very clear that the students were impressed and walked away with even more respect for their teachers. This recital was a great example of the value of modeling in the classroom. I want to encourage all of our teachers to look for opportunities to show students how it’s done. I know that teachers are always humble, but sometimes you should show-off your skills.

I want to thank Mayor Quinton Lucas for taking time out of his busy schedule to read to students on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Wheatley Elementary School. I also want to praise Wheatley teacher Grant Williams and the school’s leadership for proactively inviting our new Mayor. These types of experiences help increase the bond between our schools and the city. They also teach students about the value of public engagement with our elected officials and playing an active part in the democratic process.

Finally, I encourage all of you to attend our School Board’s “On the Road” meeting this Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Central High School. These events are an opportunity for school and neighborhood stakeholders to engage with the Board in the community. The event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. If you can’t be there in person, you can also watch a live broadcast at www.kcpublicschools.org/live.

Yours in education,
Dr. Mark Bedell
Superintendent of Schools