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Kansas City Public Schools is fully accredited and enrolling families for the 2022-23 school year. Stop by the Board of Education, 2901 Troost Ave., to speak with an enrollment specialist today!

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As Chief of Staff, Ms. Holliday-Scott’s work will focus on facilitating and overseeing the transition team, assessing and reviewing internal district processes, participating in the Blueprint 2030 process and collaborating with executive team members.

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Dr. Davis was named Interim Deputy Superintendent and Chief Equity Officer in July 2022. His departmental oversight includes School Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Student Support, Research and Accountability, and Equity, Inclusion and Innovation.

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This fall, KCPS middle and high schoolers will be joining students across the globe for the 2022 Space Grand Challenge. KCPS is recruiting teachers and cybersecurity industry professionals as coaches.

KCPS Wins National Green Transportation Award

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Dan Weakley, KCPS Executive Director of Operations, accepted the Medium Public Fleet Green Bus Summit Fleet Award on the district's behalf at the School Transportation News Expo in Reno, Nevada, on July 17, 2022. Mr. Weakley is pictured here with STN President Tony Corpin. Vincent Rios Creative/STN
 

Kansas City Public Schools’ efforts to reduce emissions with its fleet of propane buses have been recognized with a School Transportation News Green Bus Summit Fleet Award.

KCPS was one of four school districts in the nation to be recognized at last week’s STN Expo in Reno, Nevada.

“All the nominees deserve congratulations for leading the way toward a zero-emissions future,” Ryan Gray, STN editor-in chief, said. “It was a difficult decision to narrow the list down to only five winners.”

In 2019, KCPS signed a three-year, $60.6 million contract with Student Transportation of America. STA proposed KCPS go propane to reduce emissions and fuel costs, though doing so would require significant up-front investment, according to then-KCPS Chief Financial Officer Linda Quinley.

“The RFP was written to ask potential partners to offer the best possible program for KCPS and our community,” Ms. Quinley said. “While propane buses cost more, they are better on maintenance and tend to be roadworthy longer. They provide a quieter, smoother ride for kids and drivers.”

Not only are propane buses better for the environment, but autogas costs significantly less than other types of fuel — $2.02 per gallon last week compared to $5.16 for diesel.

Thank you to everyone in our Department of Transportation for being good environmental and financial stewards for KCPS and the community!