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Brian Wieher is the district’s new Director of Child Nutrition Services. He comes to KCPS with more than 20 years of experience in team leadership, project management, public relations and customer service.

In case of inclement weather over a snow-covered Union Station

With colder weather arriving, we have been planning for the potential of snow/inclement weather days and Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) days for the upcoming winter season in KCPS. With this, we wanted to communicate how we will conduct any upcoming snow day plans.

A group dressed in coats cuts a blue ribbon in front of a memorial for Thacher School.

Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave.

KCPS Retention Coach a Resource for Teachers

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KCPS Recruitment and Retention Coach Ritchie Cherry teaches a social-emotional lesson to fifth graders in M'Kaylah Johnson's class at Longfellow Elementary on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.


Earlier this month, Ritchie Cherry stood in front of M’Kaylah Johnson’s fifth grade class at Longfellow and told her to kick up her feet while he taught her class.

A hand shot up. “It charges things!”

“It doesn’t work!”

“Was this helpful?” Cherry asked Johnson at the end of class.

“I think so. You reiterated the lessons I’m trying to put in place,” Johnson told him.

Cherry is the KCPS Recruitment and Retention Coach for KCPS. He uses his counseling background to support teachers in classrooms.

“Retention is essential," Cherry said. "We have to create different tools to allow our people to stay. I think meeting them on a social-emotional level is the first step.”

Sometimes Cherry goes to schools to teach mini-lessons like the one he gave Johnson’s class. He can reinforce classroom culture while giving teachers a few minutes to themselves. He also works directly with educators who are considering leaving the profession.

“I like to put preventatives in place. I like to be at the schools. I want to go to where the drama and trauma is happening,” Cherry said.

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