Kansas City Public Schools, Missouri
|Kansas City Public Schools|
|Kansas City, Missouri|
|Superintendent:||R. Stephen Green|
|Number of schools:||34|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Airick L. West|
About the districtJackson County in Kansas City, Missouri. It is located in the second largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Kansas City is home to 459,787 residents.
Kansas City underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.9 percent of Kansas City residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.8 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Kansas City was $45,150 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Kansas City was 18.8 percent compared to 15.0 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
R. Stephen Green is the superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools. He has served in this role since August 2011. Green earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Ball State University and received his doctoral degree from the University of Indiana. Green is also the CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc., an access and graduation program aimed at increasing the number of college graduates from Kansas City’s urban schools. Prior to serving Kansas City Public Schools, he served as superintendent of Community School District #28 and as instructional superintendent for Region 3 of the New York City Board of Education.
Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education is composed of nine members serving five-year terms.
|Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education|
|Airick L. West||At-large||2016|
|Crispin Rea Jr.||At-large||2014|
|Jon Hile||Sub-district 1||2016|
|Gunnar Hand||Sub-district 2||2014|
|Marisol Montero||Sub-district 3||2016|
|Joseph Jackson Sr.||Sub-district 4||2014|
|Curtis L. Rogers||Sub-district 5||2016|
|Carl Evans||Sub-district 6||2014|
School board elections
Members of the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education are elected to five-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election for five seats was held on April 8, 2014. Sub-district 2 incumbent Gunnar Hand was unopposed. As a result, that election did not appear on the ballot. No seats were up for election in 2013, and four seats will be up for election in 2016.
Kansas City Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Kansas City School District employed 822 K-12 teachers during the 2012-13 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Kansas City Teachers for 2013-2014:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|BA + 12||36,281||53,666|
|BA + 36 or MA||37,462||65,424|
|MA + 15||38,398||66,550|
|MA + 32||39,550||69,916|
|Ph.D. or MA + 60||40,738||72,540|
Schools in Kansas City School District
Kansas City School District served 15,625 students in 34 schools in the 2012-2013 school year.
Kansas City School District operates 34 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Kansas City School District|
|African-Centered College Preparatory Academy|
|African-Centered Prep Elementaary|
|Border Star Montessori|
|Carver Dual Language|
|Central Academy of Excellence|
|Foreign Language Academy|
|Lincoln College Preparatory Academy|
|Northeast High School|
|Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts|
|Southwest Early College Campus|
|Success Academy at Anderson|
|Success Academy at Knotts|
Missouri’s "Top 10 by 20" plan holds as a primary goal that all students will graduate high school college-and-career-ready. To measure progress toward this goal and to distinguish among school and district performance, the Department computes an Annual Performance Report (APR) score for each Local Education Agency (LEA) and school. This overall score is comprised of scores for each of the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) 5 Performance Standards:
- Academic Achievement
- Subgroup Achievement
- High School Readiness (K-8 districts) or College and Career Readiness (K-12 districts)
- Attendance Rate
- Graduation Rate (K-12 districts).
Status, progress and growth (where applicable) are used to calculate a comprehensive score used to determine the accreditation level of a school district. Data for academic achievement (English language arts and mathematics), subgroup achievement (English language arts and mathematics) and graduation rate are also used for federal accountability determinations, including reward, focus and priority school identification, for LEAs and schools.
The MSIP 5 Performance Standards were approved by the State Board of Education in December 2011 and go into effect two years from the date of approval. Missouri’s ESEA Flexibility Request was approved by the United States Department of Education in July 2012. The components used for federal accountability went into effect upon approval of the request.
|MSIP 5 Performance Comparison|
|MSIP 5 Standards||Possible Points||Points Earned||Percent Earned|
|College and Career Ready||30||23.5||78.3%|
For the 2012-2013 school year, Kansas City Public Schools students earned an average Missouri Assessment Program index score of 283.6. Students scored highest in English language arts with an index score of 294.3, but they scored lowest in science with an index score of 271.7. The district's average MAP index score ranked 453 out of the 469 Missouri school districts that reported scores for all four tested subject areas.
Kansas City Public Schools has been unaccredited since January 2012. The district has shown improvement over the last two school years and scored in the provisionally accredited range in August 2013. On January 13, 2014, the organization CEE-Trust presented a plan to the Missouri State Board of Education that would dismantle the district of Kansas City Public Schools. If implemented, Kansas City would be the home of an education system where each school earns independence within the system, each school would have its own board and each school would earn funding to choose its leadership, staff and curriculum. Schools would be administered charter school programs, nonprofit education agencies and foundations, neighboring school districts or community organizations. Kansas City Public Schools presented a version of a plan that would allow KCPS to maintain administration over their school district. Their plan relies on a plan in which unaccredited districts enter into a performance agreement with the state school board.
- Missouri school districts
- List of school districts in Missouri
- Kansas City Public Schools elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- Missouri Comprehensive Data System, "Graduation rate," accessed March 3, 2014
- Kansas City Public Schools, "Budget and Fiscal Planning," accessed December 2, 2013
- Missouri Comprehensive Data System, "School Finance Report" accessed February 10, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Kansas City (city), Missouri," accessed February 6, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Kansas City Public Schools, "R. Stephen Green, Ed.D.," accessed February 10, 2014
- Kansas City Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed February 10, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "2014 Election Calender," accessed February 6, 2014
- Missouri Comprehensive Data System, "District Student Staff Ratios," accessed February 10, 2014
- Kansas City School District, "2013-2014 KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PAY SCHEDULE," accessed February 6, 2014
- Kansas City School District, "Directory," accessed February 10, 2014
- Missouri Comprehensive Data System, "Summary Annual Performance Report," Accesssed February 10, 2014
- Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "State Assessment," accessed July 8, 2014
- Joe Robertson, Kansas City.com, "CEE-Trust presents its proposal to remake Kansas City’s public schools," January 13, 2014
- Joe Robertson, Kansas City.com, "School boards group pitches way around Missouri’s student transfer law," February 10, 2014