Kansas City, May 5, 2017: Kansas City Public Schools celebrated its retirees and long-serving team members during the 2017 Hall of Fame banquet Thursday evening, May 4 at Kansas City’s Union Station.
About 250 KCPS leaders, staff members, family members and supporters were on-hand to recognize employees who are retiring this school year and those who have increments of five years of experience. This year, the school system honored 10 employees who have been with KCPS for at least four decades.
The program featured music by the Lincoln College Preparatory Academy string quartet. Board of Directors Chair Melissa Robinson, Superintendent Mark Bedell and 2017 KCPS Teacher of the Year Derrik Wiggins delivered remarks.
Dr. Bedell thanked the retirees for their many years of dedicated service to KCPS students and encouraged them to pursue the dreams they may have put off while they were teaching.
“Take advantage of this time to do the things you really love, like traveling,” he said. “You’ve earned that.”
The banquet sponsors included the Missouri Botanical Garden, Crown Center, the Kansas City Royals, 54th Street Bar & Grill, Lied Lodge & Conference Center, Jason’s Deli, and Sight & Sound Theatres.
Read the Hall of Fame program for a complete list of the evening’s honorees.