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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.

RideKC Student Pass Program

Central Band in front of KCATA bus

KCPS and KCATA are partnering to provide students with additional transportation opportunities. KCPS students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to ride KCATA buses at no cost.

Program Details

  • Student ridership is an opt-in basis only; parents/guardians must sign permission slips and return to the school. Students should not be enrolled in the program without a signed parent/guardian permission slip.
  • The RideKC Student Pass is to be used for KCATA ridership only and does not replace high school student ID badges.
  • Cards may not be used by, exchanged, or transferred to any individual other than the student issued the card.
  • Students will have access to transit during normal bus operation hours, 7 days per week (Ridership will be restricted after city or county curfew).
  • Students who ride public transit must submit to all KCATA rules and regulations.
  • Student ridership privileges may be revoked at any time by either KCPS or KCATA.
  • KCPS is not responsible for a student’s whereabouts or safety while riding KCATA transit.
  • This partnership doesn’t replace yellow school bus transportation. It is intended to be used outside of the school day to provide transportation options for students.
  • In order to retain ridership privileges, students must maintain at least 85% attendance for SY19-20 (less than 6 absences per quarter). Ridership privileges will be revoked if students do not meet the attendance requirement. Students have the opportunity to regain ridership privileges at the conclusion of the next quarter, if they regain at least 85% attendance for SY19-20.

How will the program work?

  • The school will be supplied with permission slips and program flyers. The school should distribute the information to all students in grades 9-12.
  • Students will submit completed permission slips to the school’s main office.
  • The school will need to designate an individual (School Site Program Manager) in the front office to collect all permission slips. The School Site Program Manager will also need to enroll each student in the program via Tyler. In many cases, the School Site Program Manager will be the secretary.
  • All permission slips need to be completed by Friday, September 13th. If a permission slip comes in after September 13, students will not receive a RideKC Student Pass until after the conclusion of 1st Quarter.
  • Central office staff will access enrolled students through Tyler starting on September 19 and start printing badges.
  • Central office staff will print ID badges (RideKC Student Pass) and deliver them to the School Site Program Manager via interoffice mail. Interoffice mail will include the RideKC Student Passes and a student signature list. Students must sign and acknowledge when they receive the RideKC Student Pass. The School Site Program Manager should retain the sign in sheet as documentation that cards have been distributed.
  • The School Site Program Manager will need to distribute the RideKC Student Passes to the appropriate students and ensure they sign and acknowledge receiving the RideKC Student Pass.
  • Cards will only be printed 5 times per year – SY19-20 initial program launch (Sept 13), the end of first quarter (Oct 11), the end of second quarter (Dec 20), the end of third quarter (March 13), and two weeks before the end of the school year (May 6). This includes reprints for lost/stolen cards. To ensure that students receive their cards, please make sure the student is enrolled in the program via Tyler BEFORE the dates listed above.

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