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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 Kicking Off Superintendent Search

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors is committed to conducting a robust and transparent search for its next superintendent of schools. The board will hire a national executive recruiting firm, with deep experience in attracting and recruiting public education superintendents.  

The board appointed an internal superintendent search committee, made up of three board members to manage the process and make recommendations to the full board throughout the search. The process will include opportunities to garner insights from a broad range of stakeholders, most notably students, families and district staff and will be conducted through a variety of mediums. A decision is anticipated in early 2023. 

Board Chair Nate Hogan said, "As a board, we remain determined to conduct a thoughtful, thorough and engaging search to produce the best candidates possible. The board pledges to seek a diverse candidate pool that will produce highly qualified candidates to leverage the momentum of our district. As always, our students, families, staff and the Kansas City community deserve a superintendent who can build on a strong foundation of accreditation and accelerate learning in alignment with Blueprint 2030, the district's long-term strategic plan." 

A webpage is being developed to serve as a source of all public information, along with updates during board meetings related to the search. The webpage will provide a timeline and updates on each phase of the search process. 

Earlier this year, Kansas City Public Schools regained full accreditation from the State Board of Education. Dr. Jennifer Collier is leading the district as the 2022-23 Interim Superintendent.