Kansas City Public Schools, Missouri

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Kansas City Public Schools
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:R. Stephen Green
Graduation rate:67.3%[1]
Number of schools:34
Budget: $215.9 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Airick L. West
Board members:9
Term length:5
Kansas City Public Schools is a school district in Missouri that serves the city of Kansas City, Missouri. It is the 11th-largest school district in Missouri, serving 15,625 students in 34 schools in the 2012-2013 school year.[3] The school district had an operating budget of $215.9 million for the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Kansas City Public Schools, Missouri
Kansas City Public Schools is located in Jackson 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.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Kansas City (%) Missouri (%)
White 59.2 82.8
Black or African American 29.9 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.5 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 10.0 3.5

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.[5]


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.[6]

School board

Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education is composed of nine members serving five-year terms.[7]

Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
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
Vacant At-large 2014

School board elections

See also: Kansas City Public Schools elections (2014)

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.[8] 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.[2]

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
2013-2014 $115,820,906 53.6% $0 0% $95,434,974 44.2% $1,557,433 0.7% $3,093,814 1.4% $215,907,127
Averages: $115,820,906 54% $0 0% $95,434,974 44% $1,557,433 1% $3,093,814 1% $215,907,127

Teacher salaries

Kansas City School District employed 822 K-12 teachers during the 2012-13 school year.[9] 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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 36,281 51,335
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.[3]

District schools

Kansas City School District operates 34 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Kansas City School District
African-Centered College Preparatory Academy
African-Centered Prep Elementaary
Border Star Montessori
Carver Dual Language
Central Academy of Excellence
East High
Foreign Language Academy
Hale Cook
Holliday Montessori
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

Academic performance

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.[12]

MSIP 5 Performance Comparison
MSIP 5 Standards Possible Points Points Earned Percent Earned
Academic Achievement 56 24 42.9%
Subgroup Achievement 14 6.5 46.4%
College and Career Ready 30 23.5 78.3%
Attendance 10 7.5 75%
Graduation Rate 30 22.5 75%
Total 140 84 60%

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.[13]


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.[14] 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.[15]

Contact information

Kansas City Public Schools seal.jpg
Kansas City Public Schools
1211 McGee St.
Kansas City, Mo 64106
Phone: (816)-418-7000

See also

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