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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.

How to Get Involved

Parent Organizations

District Advisory Committee (DAC)

Kansas City Public Schools has a District Advisory Committee (DAC) that meets quarterly at 5:30 pm in the KCPS District School Board Room at the Board of Education Building (2901 Troost Ave.)

Every school is asked to send a representative, and parents and community members are also welcome to attend. The DAC addresses school issues and concerns and allows parents to network, share ideas and solve problems cooperatively. In addition, the DAC serves in an advisory role to the District’s Board of Education.

Interested in serving as a DAC delegate for your school or joining the DAC executive board? Click here to submit your interest form.

Parent Leadership Organizations

Participating in parent leadership organizations is a great way to get involved in the education of children. Adults who take an active role in education positively impact future generations of leaders, workers and parents. These adults also get a chance to see firsthand what goes on inside schools within the Kansas City, Missouri School District.

These leadership organizations are a school-based volunteer group made up of parents and families of students, community members and school staff. Among the functions of a SAC are:

  • Participation in the development of the school budget
  • Working with the administration on personnel issues
  • Providing input into curriculum selections and development

The following schools in the Kansas City Public Schools have parent leadership organizations. Please contact each school for more information.

  • AC Prep Elementary - (816) 418-1231
  • Benjamin Banneker Elementary - (816) 418-1850
  • Central High School - (816) 418-2000
  • Garfield Elementary - (816) 418-3600
  • Hartman Elementary - (816) 418-1750
  • J.A. Rogers Elementary - (816) 418-4770
  • James Elementary - (816) 418-3700
  • Lincoln Middle School - (816) 418-3000
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary - (816) 418-2475
  • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy - (816) 418-3000
  • Longfellow Elementary - (816) 418-5325
  • George Melcher Elementary - (816) 418-6725
  • Northeast High School - (816) 418-3300
  • Northeast Middle School - (816) 418-3400
  • Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts - (816) 418-2275
  • Southeast High School - (816) 418-1078
  • Wendell Phillips Elementary - (816) 418-3750
  • Whittier Elementary - (816) 418-3850

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) / Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) / Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

The mission of the PTA/PTO/PTSA is threefold:

  • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children
  • To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children
  • To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of the nation

The objectives of the PTA:

  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship
  • To raise the standards of home life
  • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth
  • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education

The following Kansas City Public Schools have an active PTA/PTO/PTSA or similar parent leadership organization:

  • Border Star Montessori - (816) 418-5150
  • Carver Dual Language - (816) 418-4925
  • Faxon Elementary - (816) 418-6525
  • Hale Cook Elementary - (816) 418-1600
  • Harold Holliday Montessori - (816) 418-1950
  • Foreign Language Academy - (816) 418-6000
  • Richardson Early Learning Community School -(816) 418-5900
  • Woodland Early Learning Community School - (816) 418-2650

If your school does not have a parent leadership organization and you are interested in helping to establish one, contact your principal or the Office of Family and Community Engagement at (816) 418-7455 or face@kcpublicschools.org.