Superintendent, School Board Honor Students, Staff and Partners

"On the Road" meeting showcases Banneker Elementary


Kansas City, June 14, 2018: The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell honored outstanding students, a staff member and a partner during a special “On the Road” meeting Wednesday, June 13 at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.

The event started with a free ice cream social for staff, families and community members. The School Board meeting began with a review by Principal Harrison Neal of the progress made at Banneker Elementary.

Following Mr. Neal’s presentation, the Board and Dr. Bedell then honored the following individuals.

Scholar Superstars

Banneker Elementary third grader Faith Cortes, kindergartener Thomas Key and sixth grader Naomi Roberson were honored for their excellent attendance and character.

Students at Phillips Elementary School were honored for helping raise $5,500 for City Union Mission in partnership with the Church of the Resurrection’s downtown congregation by donating “Tiger Bucks” earned through good behavior.

Terrific Teammate

KCPS employee Coach Renee Smith was named a Terrific Teammate. Ms. Smith is a P.E. and health teacher at Southeast High School and was nominated for this award because of her support of student achievement. She exemplifies the word “teammate.” Over the school year, Smith has attended multiple sports and extra-curricular activities with students from a variety of KCPS high schools and even middle schools to capture those moments in brilliant photos. From state competitions to debate tournaments and everything in between, Smith has helped KCPS showcase the remarkable accomplishments of students. Her quality photos, positive attitude, and willingness to help visually tell a school’s story has elevated coverage of school activities and students’ achievements. She is also a talented, respected and much-loved teacher who cares deeply about helping her students reach their goals.

Community Champion

The Kansas City Public Library Digital Media Lab was named a KCPS Community Champion. Working out of the library’s Southeast Branch (Swope Parkway), the Digital Media Lab is open to youth ages 12-18. It is a hands-on learning environment that uses┬ástorytelling, robotics, digital media production and other maker activities to engage┬áKansas City youth. KCDML’s goals are to support the development of Kansas City youth by:

  1. Offering access to resources and expertise that align with their interests
  2. Encouraging and supporting youth voice
  3. Helping KC teens make connections between their interests and future academic or professional opportunity