Board of Education

The Board is an elected group of seven individuals who volunteer their services to the school district and its' constituents. They are elected to three year terms. As members, the state charges them with the responsibility of providing educational opportunities for the children of the school district through determining policies and evaluating results. The Board meets in regular session the fourth Monday of each month.

To contact the Board call 349-3310 or email board@center.k12.mo.us

Vision Statement

The Center School District strives for excellence in our schools where all students are expected to learn and grow.

Mission Statement

All students will demonstrate high achievement, character, and teamwork in a diverse community.
Together, we achieve!

Core Values

At Center Schools, we value . . .

  • High Expectations for Student Success
  • Safe and Respectful Schools
  • Positive Relationships
  • Diversity in Our Schools and Community

Meet The Board

 

Rebecca Lahann, Board President  - Rebecca was elected to the Board in September of 2019. Rebecca and her family have lived in the district since 2013 and have three children attending Center schools. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Stephens College and worked professionally as a stage manager prior to her 16+ years as a public sector human resources professional. This public-sector tenure has allowed her to work with and learn form employees representing a wide-range of career ladders and opportunities. Rebecca and her family are active members of Cub Scouts and Troop 62 out of Boone Elementary, where she currently serves as the Tiger Cub Den Leader.

The district is filled with committed and caring families, administrators, teachers and community members. She is excited to partner with them to build on the great things already happening in our district, address the challenges and ensure our students received a high-quality education whether they are with us for one year, five years or their entire K-12 experience. You may reach Rebecca at rlahann@center.k12.mo.us.

Paul Kramschuster, Board Vice President - Paul was elected to the Board in April of 2018 and elected as Vice President April, 2019. He has nearly two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, most of it in south Kansas City. Paul believes that public education is foundational to democracy and believes that the interests of the public should be emphasized in very aspect of public education. He believes that the schools are here to serve the students and families of the district and he pledges to work to create full transparency and accountability in all of his wok on the Board. Paul is grateful for this opportunity to serve, and grateful to the Center teachers, administration and support staff for providing his children with such wonderful instruction and support. He is also grateful to the Center community for making his family feel so welcome, and for being an important part of his life, and the lives of his family members. As a Board member, he will work tirelessly to make sure he is serving the public well. You may reach Paul at pkramschuster@center.k12.mo.us.

Marcie Calvin - Marcie was appointed to the Board in April, 2016. She was elected as President April of 2019 and served through September 2019. She has been a Center resident and advocate since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from UMKC School of Dentistry and has been employed by Brookside Dental Center for 20 years. Marcie was a board member of the UMKC Dental Hygiene Alumni Association for 15 years, serving as board President in 2008-2009. She also served on the UMKC SOD Community Outreach Committee and the UMKC Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee. Her husband, Jeff, has been employed by Cerner for more than 25 years as a Senior Support Tech. Marcie's flexible work schedule, since the birth of her two children, has afforded her time to be an active Center parent. She has worn nearly every PTA hat since her children started school and insisted there is no better way to get to know teachers, staff and, most importantly, the students. She is excited to have the opportunity to serve her Center Family in a new and different capacity. A self-professed people person, Marcie enjoys the art of communication and encourages the exchange of ideas. Her priority is, and always will be, the kids and their right to a prodigious education in a supportive environment. Hard work and dedication by our quality educators, staff, administration and students have made Center the amazing school district it is today. She is happy to be a part of the journey for continued academic excellence and proud to be a Yellowjacket! You may reach Marcie at mcalvin@center.k12.mo.us or 816-941-4814.

Beverly Cunningham - Beverly was elected to the Center Board of Education in 2010. She served as President from April of 2018, to April of 2019. She is a proud Center parent of two children. Beverly is active in the community as a parent leader with Girl Scouts of NE Kansas/NW Missouri. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. As a member of the Center School Board, Beverly would like to improve efforts for increasing achievements in MAP and APR scores within the district, improve parental involvement with school activities and teacher relations as well as continuing to support school and community relationships with local businesses. In addition, she would like to assist with student engagement in the area of learning and ensure that all students receive a quality education. You may reach Beverly at bcunningham@center.k12.mo.us or 816-506-2880

Dr. Ronald Fritz - Ron was elected to the Board of Education in April of 2019. He is a retired Missouri Public School Educator with over 35 years of experience as a Teacher/Coach, Athletic Director, Safety Coordinator, Character Education liaison and High School Principal.  Following his service in public schools Ron accepted a position in a Christian school as their high school principal. He has served school districts in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. Ron received his Educational doctorate degree from St. Louis University.  He also obtained a Specialist Degree from Southwest Missouri State University in school superintendency and a Master’s degree in school principalship from Southeast Missouri State University.

Ron believes education plays a significant role to future successes in life as well as being a useful citizen in society.  He believes no one can neglect the importance of education because education reduces the challenges of life that one might face.

Dr. Fritz has two sons, both are educators. In addition, Ron has four grandchildren attending district schools. His goal for the district is to achieve and maintain excellence in all we do. As a Board of Education member, Ron will work tirelessly to achieve district goals and hold himself as well as others accountable. Ron can be reached at rfritz@center.k12.mo.us.

Joe Nastasi - Joe was elected to the Center School Board in 2005. He was elected vice-president of the board in 2006 and was elected Board president in 2010 where he served until 2018. In 2011, he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City. He is an attorney and has his own private law practice in the South Waldo area. Joe and his wife, Angie, have lived in the Center district for 20 years. They 3 children, all graduates of Center School District.

Prior to his election to the Board, he served the district and youth in a variety of ways including: Co-chairman of the 2004 Bond Election Campaign Committee, Co-President of the Boone PTA and a member of the Red Bridge YMCA Community Advisory Council. Joe has served as Cubmaster and Den Leader in Pack 62, currently is the Pack Committee Chairman, member of Troop 62’s parent committee and youth sports coach through the Red Bridge YMCA.

His goals for the Center School district include continued academic achievement, being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers and helping to create a stronger sense of community in the Center district. He is proud that the Center School District has achieved the distinction of being the top performing urban school district in the state of Missouri. He would like to see our board, administration, staff and students continue to reach for excellence in everything they do in the Center School District. You may reach Joe at jnastasi@center.k12.mo.us or 816-221-1896.

Danielle Quinn - Danielle was elected to the Board in April, 2019. Danielle is a long-time resident of South Kansas City who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Howard University (Washington, DC) and a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology (Overland Park, KS). She works as an associate pastor at large, at a community-focused congregation in Kansas City, Missouri. As her three children grew through the district, she has been a parent volunteer at Center Middle School and a registered volunteer with Center Friends Mentorship Program.  She has also been an active and involved member of Boone Elementary's PTA, serving two years as PTA president, and served as a volunteer chaplain at a South Kansas City senior living facility. Her husband, Charles, is a former Center School Board member. 

She envisions Center as a district where students can find the educational, relational, and emotional support they need to become well-adjusted, confident and independent members of society. Consequently, she strives for Center to be a place where students can exceed their own expectations, teachers feel valued and supported, parents actively participate in their child's education, and South Kansas City sees the District as a partner in developing the community.  You may reach Danielle at dquinn@center.k12.mo.us. 

Stephanie Archie is the Board of Education Secretary. She can be reached at: 816.349.3310 or sarchie@center.k12.mo.us.

Letter From The President

 

It is both a privilege and honor to serve our community.  Our goal is to create a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment focused on learning and student success. We believe in Center School District and will continue to support the wonderful work happening.

As one of the smaller school districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Center School District has prided itself in operating as a close-knit community working together to aide student's achievement and accomplishments.  When students graduate from Center School District, they will become our community’s next generation. Our goal is to prepare them to become accomplished, professional community members. 

As board members, we will remain focused on students and will continue to look for opportunities to improve all areas of education, including: curriculum, instruction, safety and security, community resources and partnerships.  The District’s mission; “All students will demonstrate high achievement, character, and teamwork in a diverse community. Together, we achieve!”, will continue to guide and inform our work.  

Thank you for entrusting your child's education with our district. We will strive for excellence and work to provide our students with the best education possible.

Respectfully,

Rebecca Lahann 

Center School Board President

 

Board Meeting Dates

2019-2020 Board Meetings

Meetings of the Center Board of Education for the 2019-2020 school year are scheduled as follows:

Monday, July 22, 2019 – Regular Meeting
Monday, August 26, 2019 – Regular Meeting

Monday, September 9, 2019 – Work Session

Monday, September 16, 2019 - Special Meeting, 6pm
Monday, September 23, 2019 – Special Meeting*/ Regular Meeting

*Prior to the Regular Meeting a Special Meeting will be held to set the Tax Levy. The Special Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and the Regular Meeting will begin at the conclusion of the Special Meeting.

Monday, October 7, 2019 –Work Session
Monday, October 28, 2019 – Regular Meeting
Monday, November 4, 2019 – Work Session, if needed @ 6pm 

Monday, November 18, 2019 - Regular Meeting 

Monday, December 16, 2019 – Regular Meeting (Third Monday)

Monday, January 6, 2020 - Superintendent Evaluation, Closed Mtg @ District Office, 6pm

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - Regular Meeting

Monday, February 10, 2020 - Administrator Evaluations, Closed Meeting, District Office-Personnel - District Office, 6pm

Monday, February 24, 2020 – Regular Meeting

Monday, March 9, 2020 - Certified Staff Evaluations, Closed Meeting,Personnel, District Office, 6pm

Monday, March 23, 2020 – Regular Meeting
Monday, April 13, 2020 – Board Reorganization Meeting 
Monday, April 27, 2020 – Regular Meeting

Monday, May 4, 2020 – Work Session
Monday, May 18, 2020 – Regular Meeting (Third Monday)

Friday, June 19, 2020 - Board Retreat Dinner
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - Board Retreat
Monday, June 22, 2020– Regular Meeting
Monday, July 27, 2020 – Regular Meeting

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at Boone Elementary School, 8817 Wornall Road, and begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Agendas are posted on the district Web site at www.center.k12.mo.us
Other Important Dates for Board Members –

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 – District Holiday Reception - 3:00pm – 5:00pm, HS Cafeteria
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – District Retirement Dinner – 6:00pm – HS Cafeteria

Special Meetings

Policy Review Committee Meeting 09-13-19

Policy Review Committee Meeting 04-18-18

Policy Review Committee Meeting 03-6-18

Policy Review Committee Meeting 02-21-18 * Cancelled

Policy Review Committee Meeting 11-7-17

Policy Review Committee Meeting 9-12-17

Policy Review Committee Meeting 3-9-17

Policy Review Committee Meeting 12-08-16

Policy Review Committee Meeting 10-25-16

Policy Review Committee Meeting 6-7-2016

Policy Review Committee Meeting 1-21-16

Policy Review Committee Meeting 6-16-15

Special Meeting 2-10-15

Special Closed Personnel Meeting 1/05/15 (not available)

Policy Review Committee Meeting 12-16-14

Policy Review Committee Meeting 10-29-14

Special Meeting - Supt Search 2/03/14

Board Agendas/Packets

Simbli by eBOARDsolutions

Simbli by eBOARDsolutions is the Board's e-governance website. As part of the District’s ongoing commitment to open communication and a transparent school governance process, eBOARDsolutions allows anyone visiting the site to review Board meeting agendas and associated supporting documents, minutes of previous meetings, policies and other pertinent Board information.

Visit the eBOARDsolutions website at:

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**In order to view specific items within the Board Packet, click on the ribbon in the upper right corner within the document.

July 22, 2019 - Regular Session Board Agenda/Packet

July 22, 2019 - Board Policy Recommendations

July 22, 2019 - Closed Session Meeting Agenda

June 24, 2019 - Regular Session Board Agenda/Packet

June 22, 2019 - Board Retreat Agenda

June 10, 2019 - Special Closed Session Meeting Agenda

June 3, 2019 - Open Session Agenda/Packet

June 3, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda

May 20, 2019 - Regular Session Board Packet

May 20, 2019 - Contracts approved by Board

May 20, 2019 - Regular Session Agenda

May 20, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda

May 8, 2019 - Special Closed Session Agenda - Cancelled

May 6, 2019 - Work Session Packet

May 6, 2019 - Work Session Agenda

May 6, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda

May 2, 2019 - Special Closed Session Agenda - Cancelled

April 22, 2019 - Regular Session Board Packet

April 22, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda

April 22, 2019 - Regular Meeting Board Agenda

April 15, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda

April 8, 2019 - Board Reorganization Meeting Agenda

March 25, 2019 - Regular Session Board Packet

March 25, 2019 - Regular Session Agenda

March 25, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda

March 11, 2019 - Open Session Board Packet

March 11, 2019 - Open Session Agenda

March 11, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda

February 25, 2019 Regular Session Board Packet

February 25, 2019 - Navitas Phase II Contract

February 25, 2019 Regular Session Agenda

February 25, 2019 Closed Session Agenda

February 11, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda

January 28, 2019 - Regular Session Board Packet

January 28, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda

January 28, 2019 - Regular Session Board Agenda

January 22, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda - Supt Evaluation

January 14, 2019 - Closed Session Agenda - Postponed

January 14, 2019 - Open Session Agenda

January 7, 2019 - Special Work Session Meeting

January 7, 2019 - Closed Session Board Agenda

December 17, 2018 - Regular Session Board Packet

December 17, 2018 -  Regular Session Board Agenda

December 17, 2018 - Closed Session Board Agenda

November 19, 2018 - Regular Session Board Packet including Agenda

November 19, 2018 - Closed Session Board Agenda

November 19, 2018 - Work Session Board Packet including Agenda

October 22, 2018 - Regular Session Board Packet including Agenda

October 22, 2018 - Policies recommended for adoption by MSBA & Administration

October 22, 2018 - Closed Session Agenda

October 8, 2018 - Work Session Board Meeting Packet including Agenda

September 24, 2018 -Regular Session Board Meeting Packet including Agenda

September 24, 2018-Special Session Board Meeting Packet including Agenda

September 24, 2018 - Closed Session Agenda

September 10, 2018 - Work Session Board Meeting Agenda

August 27, 2018 - Regular Session Board Packet

August 27, 2018 - Regular Session Board Agenda

August 27, 2018 - Work Session Agenda  

July 23, 2018 - Regular Session Board Agenda & Packet * Personnel Addendum & Extra Duty for 2019 SY Added

June 25, 2018 Regular Session Board Packet including Agenda

2018-2019 Center School District Budget

June 25, 2018 Closed Session Agenda

June 22, 2018 - Board Retreat Agenda

June 5, 2018 Special Meeting Agenda - Board Candidate Interviews

May 21, 2018 - Regular Session Board Packet

May 21, 2018 - Board Policies to be approved

May 21, 2018 - Regular Session Board Agenda

May 7, 2018 - Board Meeting Cancelled

April 23, 2018 - Regular Session Board Packet

April 23, 2018 - Regular Session Board Agenda

April 9, 2018 - Board Reorganization Meeting Agenda

March 26, 2018 Regular Session - Policies Approved

March 26, 2018 - Regular Meeting Board Packet

March 26, 2018 - Closed Session Board Agenda

March 26, 2018 - Regular Session Board Agenda

March 26, 2018 - Board Policies to be approved

March 5, 2018 - Open Session Board Meeting

March 5, 2018 - Closed Session Board Meeting

February 26, 2018 - *Updated Regular Session Board Packet

February 26, 2018 - Closed Session Agenda

February 26, 2018 -Regular Session Agenda

February 5, 2018 - Closed Session Board Meeting Agenda

February 5, 2018 - Open Session Board Agenda

January 22, 2018 - Regular Meeting Board Packet

January 22, 2018 - Regular Session Board Agenda

January 22, 2018 - Closed Session Board Meeting

January 8, 2018 - Closed Session Board Meeting

December 18, 2017 Regular Session Board Packet

December 18, 2017 Board Policies recommended for approval

December 18, 2017 Regular Session Board Agenda

November 27, 2017 -Regular Session Board Packet

November 27, 2017 - Regular Session Agenda

November 13, 2017 Work Session Packet including Agenda

November 13, 2017 Closed Session Agenda

October 23, 2017 - Regular Session Board Packet

October 23, 2017 - Closed Session Agenda

October 23, 2017 - Regular Session Board Agenda

October 9, 2017 - Work Session Packet including Agenda

September 25, 2017 - Regular Session Board Packet

September 25, 2017 - Proposed Tax Rate for 2017-2018

September 25, 2017 Regular Session Board Agenda

September 11, 2017 - Work Session Board Agenda

August 28, 2017 - Regular Session Board Packet

August 28, 2017 - Contracts for Board Approval

August 28, 2017 - Regular Session Board Agenda

August 28, 2017 - Closed Session Board Agenda

August 9, 2017 - Special Meeting Agenda - Closed & Open Session *Updated Agenda***MEETING CANCELLED

August 7, 2017 - Special Meeting Agenda - Open Session**Due to developments that occurred today, the Board will be asked to amend the agenda to add a Closed Session to discuss individual personnel issues. Per Revised Statues of Missouri Section 610.21 (3) Personnel *Updated Personnel Report

August 1, 2017 - Board Packet - Updated Personnel Report

August 1, 2017 - Special Meeting Agenda - Closed/Open Session

Board Minutes

July 22, 2019 - Regular Session Minutes

June 24, 2019 - Regular Session Minutes

June 3, 2019 - Open Session Minutes

May 20, 2019 - Regular Session Minutes

May 6, 2019 - Work Session Minutes

April 22, 2019 - Regular Session Minutes

April 8, 2019 - Reorganization 2019-2020 Board Meeting Minutes

April 8, 2019 - Reorganization Meeting

March 25, 2019 - Regular Session Minutes

March 11, 2019 - Open Session Minutes

February 25, 2019 - Regular Session Minutes

January 28, 2019 - Regular Session Minutes

January 14, 2019 - Special Session Minutes

January 7, 2019 - Work Session Minutes

December 17, 2018 - Regular Session Minutes

November 19, 2018 - Regular Session Minutes

October 22, 2018 - Regular Session Minutes

October 8, 2018 - Work Session Minutes

September 24, 2018 - Regular Session Minutes

September 10, 2018 - Work Session Minutes

August 27, 2018 - Regular Session Minutes

August 27, 2018 - Work Session Minutes

July 23, 2018 - Regular Session Minutes

June 25, 2018 - Regular Session Minutes

June 23, 2018 - Board Retreat Minutes

May 21, 2018 - Regular Session Minutes

April 23, 2018 -Regular Session Minutes

April 9, 2018 - Reorganization Meeting Minutes - 2018-2019 School Board

April 9, 2018 - Reorganization Meeting

March 26, 2018- Regular Session Minutes

March 5, 2018 - Work Session Minutes

February 26, 2018 - Regular Session Minutes

February 5, 2018 - Open Session Minutes

January 22, 2018 - Regular Session Open Minutes

December 18, 2017 - Regular Session Minutes

November 27, 2017 - Regular Session Minutes

November 13, 2017 - Work Session Minutes

October 23, 2017 - Regular Session Minutes

October 9, 2017 - Work Session Minutes

September 25, 2017 - Regular Meeting Minutes

September 25, 2017 - Special Meeting Minutes

September 11, 2017 - Board Work Session Minutes

August 28, 2017 - Regular Meeting Minutes

August 7, 2017 - Special Meeting Minutes

August 1, 2017 - Special Meeting Minutes

 

 

 

Simbli by eBOARDsolutions

Simbli by eBOARDsolutions is the Board's e-governance website. As part of the District’s ongoing commitment to open communication and a transparent school governance process, eBOARDsolutions allows anyone visiting the site to review Board meeting agendas and associated supporting documents, minutes of previous meetings, policies and other pertinent Board information.

Visit the eBOARDsolutions website at:

https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Index.aspx?S=229

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATE ELECTION

 

ATTENTION CANDIDATES FOR CENTER BOARD OF EDUCATION

Pursuant to Center School District policy and Missouri state law, the annual election of the Board of Education for Center School District #58 will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  There are 3 seats available. Three, 3-year terms.  

Membership to the board is open to residents of the Center School District #58 who have resided in the state for one year prior to the election, and are at least twenty-four years of age.  Candidates must be citizens of the United States and resident taxpayers of the District.

Qualified applicants for the Board may file in the district office located at 8701 Holmes Road. Ballot order will be determined by the order of candidate filing. Interested candidates will form a line outside the front door of the district office, 8701 Holmes Road (west entrance to the building).  Individuals forming a line must stay in line the entire time and will lose their place in line if they leave for any reason. Absent extenuating circumstances (as described below), individuals cannot have someone else hold their place in line or they will forfeit their place in line.  Individuals with disabilities will be allowed to have someone hold their place in line with strict compliance with Board Policy BBB-3, including a notarized statement from a licensed physician verifying the disability.  If you have any questions about this process, please review Board Policy BBB-3, located on the District’s website. 

Filing will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  The District will be closed from December 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. through January 3, 2020.  Filings will not be accepted on these days.

The District will re-open for filing Monday, January 6, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will continue receiving filings Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. The deadline for filing is Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m

  • NO filings will be accepted on days the District offices are closed for holidays or inclement weather.

If you have questions, please call Stephanie Archie, Board secretary, at 816-349-3310.

Superintendent Search

Dear Center School District Community,

Our district is embarking on the search for the next superintendent of schools and we are asking for your help!  The Center School District Board of Education has approved Hazard, Young, & Attea (HYA) to aid them in conducting a superintendent search.

We will continue to communicate next steps as they become available.

Sincerely,

Center School District Board of Education

Superintendent Search Information:

The Center School District seeks a new superintendent who is passionate about serving  a small urban public school district that enjoys extensive community support as evidenced by a $48 million dollar bond issue that passed with overwhelming voter approval.  The district is nestled in a diverse community and serves 2600 students in seven schools.  Center School District and is located entirely within the boundaries of Kansas City, Missouri, and has ready access to the rich culture and broad resources of the city.   Center’s community is very active with deep historical ties to the district’s schools.

Center School District has a long tradition of providing all students with challenging academics, full extracurricular offerings and other experiences to enhance the quality of the education and the lives of the students in the district.  Their pathways programs are exemplary and the high school has been recognized as one of America’s Best High Schools (bronze) by U.S. News and World Report.   Because of the diversity of our community, we seek candidates with strong cultural competencies, who will authentically value the full humanity of all of our community members.

The successful candidate will have a strategic vision and the ability to create an environment that respects, inspires and supports the academic, social and emotional development of our students.   Our superintendent must have a proven track record of student academic growth and achievement and the ability to direct and inspire the leaders of our district  to work collaboratively with staff, students, and the community.  Leadership experience in an urban setting is highly preferred The successful candidate must have or be eligible for the Missouri superintendent certificate and agree to reside in the district within the first year of employment.