Charnissa Holliday-Scott Named Interim Chief of Staff
Charnissa Holliday-Scott, Esq., has been selected as Dr. Jennifer Collier’s Interim Chief of Staff for the 2022-23 school year. Ms. Holliday-Scott is not new to Kansas City Public Schools. She worked for the school district from 1997-2007 and returned in 2019 as the Director of Education Systems. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Holliday-Scott’s work will focus on facilitating and overseeing the Interim Superintendent's transition team, assessing and reviewing internal district processes, participating in the Blueprint 2030 process and collaborating with executive team members to determine and prioritize operational and educational strategies to move KCPS in attaining its strategic goals. She will also continue to consult on legal matters, negotiate and lead education collaboration projects with charter schools, participate in government relations work and oversee district charter school sponsorship accountability and compliance.
During her previous time with Kansas City Public Schools, Ms. Holliday-Scott spent over ten years working in Exceptional Education, which covered the areas of Special Education, Gifted Education and Section 504. As part of her experience, she has served as an Interim Exceptional Education Director, an Exceptional Education Compliance Officer and an Exceptional Education Coordinator.
As an Interim Exceptional Education Director and Compliance Officer, Ms. Holliday-Scott represented KCPS in several special education mediation sessions, resolution conferences and due process hearings. While overseeing the Exceptional Education Department, her team was responsible for providing educational services to over 4,500 students, supporting over 450 staff members and managing a budget over $30 million.
In her time away from KCPS, Ms. Holliday-Scott practiced law. The former law partner’s work primarily focused on Education Law, Employment Discrimination, Insurance Defense and General Liability Defense work representing municipalities, school districts/school systems, utility companies, for- and non-profit corporations and private individuals. Ms. Holliday-Scott is active with The Missouri Bar; the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA); Council of School Attorneys (COSA); and the Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA). She previously provided pro bono legal services through the Volunteer Attorney Project of Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the Jackson County Family Court.
Ms. Holliday-Scott, a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2017, 2018 and 2019, has presented in CLE seminars for KCMBA, UMKC, JCBA and the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy. She is the recipient of the UMKC Alumni Truman Leadership Award and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers. She was a member of the 2013-14 Missouri Bar Leadership Academy Class and served as a Consultant to the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission regarding IDEA Claims.
Currently, Ms. Holliday-Scott serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Foundation, the Board of Governors for the UMKC Alumni Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation and as the Community Co-chairman of the Kansas City Health Commission Education Committee. From 2015-2019, she served on the Board of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, and from 2013-2021, she served on the Board of the Missouri Public Charter School Association.
In addition to her law degree, Ms. Holliday-Scott holds an Education Specialist degree in Superintendency, a Master’s of Arts in Education and a Bachelor’s of Arts.