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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

KCPS Board of Directors Seeking Applicants for Retirement System Trustees

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as a representative to the KCPS Retirement System Board of Trustees.

The KCPS Board of Directors will select a representative to serve the four (4) year term (Jan. 1, 2023 to December 2026) to the Kansas City Public Schools Retirement System Board of Trustees. The provisions of Section 169.291, subsection 1 of the Missouri Revised Statues read as follows:  

“1. The general administration and the responsibility for the proper operation of the retirement system are hereby vested in a board of trustees of twelve persons who shall be resident taxpayers of the school district as follows:  

(1) Four trustees to be appointed for terms of four years by the board of education; provided, however, that the terms of office of the first four trustees so appointed shall begin immediately upon their appointment and shall expire one, two, three and four years from the date the retirement system becomes operative, respectively;”

The KCPSRS Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the Retirement System is appropriately governed and managed with the goal of protecting Fund assets; creating and maintaining an atmosphere that encourages frank and collegial discussions between the Board and management; and establishing and communicating Board policies and priorities and monitoring performance. 

Each Board Member acts as a fiduciary of the Retirement System and attends regular meetings of the Board of Trustees normally held 4-6 p.m. the first Monday of each month; and completes at least six hours of Board education each year.  

Individuals interested in serving on the KCPSRS Board of Trustees can submit their names for consideration by sending a resume or background statement with complete contact information to: Office of Board Services, 2901 Troost Avenue, Room 202, Kansas City MO 64109, or by emailing To be considered, individuals must reside within the KCPS district boundaries

The deadline to submit a resume is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. The KCPS Board of Directors will hold interviews during the month of November 2022 and complete its selection process by Dec. 7, 2022.