The Fort Osage R1 School District has 784 employees. That number is comprised of people from multiple buildings and departments. When I closed my first Convocation in August 2015 as the new superintendent I mentioned all the people who make Fort Osage special. Today and every day since I think about our Fort Family and the dedication and hard work that everyone instills. Together we are making a significant impact on student achievement. Thank you for doing your part to make our District a success. You are greatly appreciated!
The campaign for the April 4 election has been fast and furious. To date I have presented 61 times to various audiences. Beyond the verbal presentations the District has shared information using kiosk boards, flyers, emails, postcards, videos, newsletters, and social media. Please continue to communicate the importance of both questions to the District residents you come in contact with until the election. It is important that we know we have done our part to communicate the information. Thank you to everyone for helping with this process thus far. It will soon be time for voters to go to the polls.
While most of us were hanging out over Spring Break the CTC Inspire Robotics Team (5801) was earning its place in history as a member of the winning alliance at the Greater Kansas City Regional tournament. Their success in this three-day, 60 team competition qualifies them to compete at the World Championship in St. Louis at the end of April. This is only CTC Inspire's second year as a team and this victory is truly an outstanding accomplishment. You can watch them in action in the Finals at this link. CTC's robot starts the match furthest from the camera on the left side of the screen.
Congratulations to Lori Benson for being selected as the Kansas City Region Special Olympics Coach of the Year!
With parent-teacher conferences and spring break behind us the end of the school year suddenly seems near. As always let’s make every day count until the final bell rings. In the meantime let’s enjoy the spring weather and appreciate the remaining time with our students.
The midway point of the 2017 General Assembly is marked by the legislative spring break which began March 20. The legislators will return in session on March 27 for the remainder of the session, which adjourns on Friday, May 12.
There are several bills affecting education being monitored. An update on one of these bills is provided below.
HB 634- This bill has been amended from its original form. It would allow charter school expansion in any school district that contains a single building that has a score of 60% or less for two of the previous three years on their annual performance report. Although Fort Osage does not have a failing school it would allow for charter school expansion in the state which would likely take money from all public schools. The bill also doesn’t require for the charter school to open in the same geographic area as the failing school as long as it’s in the same district. Since the charter school is not required to provide transportation this could be an issue for a student from the failing school to attend the charter school. Separately, once the charter school opens, the school would be able to accept students from any district in the state regardless of residence. HB 634 has passed the House and is now being heard in the Senate.
Can anyone use some extra spending money? For those of you interested a $50.00 Amazon gift card will be given away to one lucky winner using the RNG. To enter please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Amazon" in the subject line. Entries will be accepted until 8:00 am on Monday, March 27th.
Give Away prizes are not purchased with District funds. Only Fort Osage employees are eligible to enter the drawing.