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26 Schools Will Close
March 11, 2010
On March 10, 2010, the Kansas City school board voted 5-4 to close 26 schools as recommended by new superintendent John Covington in his "Right Sizing Plan." The closings will reduce the number of school...
A 'Whirlwind' is Coming
May 7, 2009
Article profiles John Covington who was chosen unanimously to be the new Superintendant of Schools for the Kansas City School District. Covington comes to Kansas City from Pueblo, Colorado, and is a graduate...
A Model of Commitment
April 25, 2009
Photo and obituary Of Gertrude Hooker Keith (1915-2009), the first African American woman on the Kansas City school board and the first director of the Wayne Miner Housing Project. An active community...
An Angry Advocate
May 28, 1988
Biographical article about Julia Hill, "long a leader in local civil rights campaigns" and a 65-year-old (in 1988) prominent member of the Kansas City school board. The article discusses Hill's involvements...
Board Approves K-8 System
April 27-May 3, 2007
The Kansas City School Board by a 5-2 margin approved a reorganization plan which calls for all elementary schools to be pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade by 2009. Several African American School Board...
Burnett Speaks Out About School Board Experience
November 26, 2008
Interview with Kansas City, Missouri, School Board member Ingrid Burnett, who stepped down from her position on Sept. 25, 2008. Burnett, a former elemetary school counselor and teacher, discusses her work...
Candidates Vie for Kansas City, MO, School Board Seats
Profiles of the candidates in the races for seats on the Kansas City School Board.
Changing Lives, One by One
January 12, 2009
Article describes a campaign to enlist 100,000 adults to intervene in the lives of Kansas City schoolchildren through programs like YouthFriends, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA Young Achievers, LNESC,...
Community Forum: A Look into the Infamous KCMO School Board
Letter to the editor by a member of the Kansas City School Board about the Board's supposed "power struggle" with school superintendent Benjamin Demps. Discussion of various school issues, such as Demps's...
Discusses the reasons Wiedeman resigned from the school board; namely, perceived racial tensions among the board members.
Interim Leader Is Named
September 1, 2011
In the wake of school superintendent Covington's resignation, which took everyone by surprise, the school board moved quickly and within a week had appointed an interim superintendent. Steve Green, the...
Kansas Citians Determine School District Future April 7.
Discusses the importance and ramifications of upcoming elections to the Kansas City School Board.
KC @ 150--Lasting Legacies: 135 More
Photo and bio of Dr. John Ramos, Jr., physician and "the first African-American member of the Kansas City School Board."
KC Board Approves School Changes
April 26, 2007
The Kansas City School Board agreed by a 5-2 vote to phase out most of the district's middle schools. Superintendent Anthony Amato has pushed the phase out in favor of neighborhood elementary schools serving...
KC Pioneer Leads Way for Others
July 1, 2003
Recognition of Gertrude Keith and her many accomplishments and contributions to Kansas City. Gertrude Keith was the first black woman elected to the Kansas City school board (1970).
Many New Dynamics Face School District Leadership
September 2-8, 2011
Article about Dr. R. Stephen Green being named the interim superintendent of schools, after John Covington’s abrupt resignation. Dr. Green had served as president and chief executive officer of Kauffman...
Northeast High School Will Serve Neighborhood
Short article concerning the Kansas City School Board's decision to put Northeast students back into Northeast High School. This will help to connect the school with the neighborhood.
Northeast School Board Seat Uncontested Again
January 28, 2004
No one has stepped up to run against former Northeast High School teacher Duane Kelly in the Northeast Subdistrict 3 position. Kelly was first elected in 2000 over Gina Gowin in Subdistrict 6.
Obituary of James Hamilton Lyddon
June 6, 2002
Obituary of James Hamilton Lyddon, a member of the Kansas City, Missouri, Board of Education during the tumultuous period of 1974 to 1978 when the school busing debate was in the forefront. He also served...
P.S.: Back to Manual
July 9, 1998
The Kansas City school board changed the name of Metro Tech High School to Manual High School. The former Manual High opened in 1897; it closed in the 1970s and was demolished. Metro Tech opened on the...
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