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Archive for December, 2011
Dec 29 2011
Dec 26 2011
Five area school districts, as well as individual taxpayers from those districts, have filed a petition in Jackson County court seeking clarification regarding a Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) policy governing student transfers. The districts are: Blue Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City and Raytown. The petition seeks to delay the implementation of the KCPS transfer policy while the education and governance issues of KCPS are determined in the courts, legislature or State Board of Education.
KCPS loses its accreditation January 1, 2012. Under state law, students residing in the Kansas City, Missouri school district are eligible to apply for a transfer to an accredited school district in Jackson County or an adjoining county. Prior to 1993, this law stated that accredited school districts could choose whether or not to admit students from unaccredited schools. Under an amendment to the law in 1993, accredited schools districts are required to admit student transfers from an unaccredited district if the unaccredited district provides transportation and pays tuition as determined by the accredited district. Blue Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City and Raytown are accredited school districts to which KCPS students may seek a transfer.
On December 21, 2011, the KCPS Board of Education adopted a policy that requires the receiving accredited school districts to provide transportation for students. The policy does not state that KCPS will pay tuition in an amount set by the accredited districts or in accordance with the accredited districts’ tuition policies. Furthermore, the KCPS policy also does not allow all resident students to transfer, but instead, only allows students who have attended a KCPS school for two academic semesters immediately preceding the transfer request to a transfer.
The five districts listed above are committed to meeting their legal obligations to all students involved.
On Friday, December 23, representatives from the five districts filed the joint petition in Jackson County, Missouri, which asks the court to clarify the rights and responsibilities of the parties under the recent KCPS student transfer policy. The petition also asks the court to clarify the responsibilities of the parties under the statute regarding transfers, and to determine that the KCPS Board of Education policy is in violation of the Hancock Amendment.
Specifically, the petition asks for:
1. An injunction prohibiting KCPS from transferring resident pupils of KCPSaccording to its student transfer policy or in accordance with state law, Section 167.131 revised statutes of Missouri .
2. The court to declare:
a. KCPS student transfer policy is void as a violation of 167.131 revised statutes of Missouri.
b. KCPS transfer policy is invalid as it requires accredited schools to provide an education for and transportation of KCPS students in violation of Hancock Amendment.
Dec 25 2011
Celebrate New Years Day at
Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church
Worship Service 10:00 am
Join us after the service for Chris Cakes Pancakes.
All you can eat pancakes, sausage, and Orange Tang!
(Free will offering to defray costs.)
City Administrator’s Report
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Parks and Recreation
Staff and Crews are pleased and all small kids and kids at heart are disappointed; that a white Christmas is not in the forecast.
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
Dec 22 2011
Raytown firefighters and police from Raytown and Kansas City have cordoned off part of a neighborhood in the 9000 block of E. 74th St. while they investigate what they believe may be a home-made explosive device in a residence there. Police were called to the residence last night to investigate a domestic dispute. One of the residents was arrested. Then a little before 10:00 this morning, Raytown Police were summoned back to the house by another resident who had discovered the suspicious device. Soon after the first officers arrived to investigate the discovery, they summoned the Bomb and Arson Unit from the Kansas City Police Department and cordoned off the house. Police and Fire officials evacuated some residents and went door to door notifying others to shelter in their homes. As of 12:30 this afternoon, bomb technicians were still examining the device to determine the safest way to handle it.
1:48 PM update
Raytown Police took down their barricades and declared the emergency in the 9000 block of 74th Street over at about 1:15 p.m. this afternoon (12/22/2011). Police had been summoned to a home in the neighborhood when a home-made explosive was discovered in a house by some of the tenants. Police and fire officials closed off the street and began evacuating some residents between 9:45 and 10:00 this morning after they saw the device. Bomb technicians from the Kansas City Police Department were called to the scene and they deactivated the device. Raytown police say that there was harmful explosive material involved. Residents of the house were being interviewed by Raytown Police and one man has been taken into custody, but no charges have been filed at the time of this report.
Dec 21 2011
Kansas City Police today (12/21/2011) released information that includes a piece of surveillance video of the two men who held up a Raytown business this past Friday. The two men are believed to be the same that held up a Kansas City restaurant earlier that same Friday night. They hit again in Kansas City this past Monday (12/19/2011). Both Police Departments have Detectives assigned to the investigation. Today’s release updates the physical descriptions of the two men as follows:
Suspect 1 is a black male, approximately 6’00 to 6’04, medium build with dark skin.
Suspect 2 is a black male, approximately 5’08 to 6’00, medium build.
One of the suspects fired his handgun when the victim did not move fast enough.
Police are asking anyone that can help identify these men to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477). The details of the Kansas City Press Release and the video are attached here.
Dec 20 2011
On January 1st, 2012, the Kansas City Missouri School District (KCMSD) will lose its accreditation. As a result, students residing within KCMSD may transfer to neighboring districts. The Missouri Supreme Court, in July, 2011, ruled that an unaccredited district must pay tuition to the receiving district. Kansas City Missouri School District offered to pay neighboring districts $3,733 per student for the 2012 fiscal year, and proposes to make payments by the month. In their new transfer policy, KCMSD also stated they would not pay tuition for students who have not attended a KCMSD school for at least the two previous semesters.
The State Legislature has drafted a plan that would allow surrounding districts to run KCMSD schools on a contract basis.
For more on this click HERE to read a KCTV article.
For more on this click HERE to read a KMBC article.
The numbers above are from http://showmeliving.org/education/ and are reported to be from the State of Missouri’s 2010 DESE report.
It is difficult to believe that the district’s tuition proposal of $3,733 is a good faith offer, since it is less than one-fourth of the current per pupil expenditure, as reported by DESE. From the data in the table above, there would appear to be only 3 reasonable starting offers. The amount they are spending now per student, the amount Raytown is spending now per student, or the average of the two.
Requiring a student to have been enrolled for two semesters is an avoidance of the district’s responsibility to provide a decent education to all students in the district. It seems likely that this policy is designed primarily to prevent students currently attending private schools at their parents’ expense from taking advantage of the opportunity to transfer to a neighboring district, at KCMSD’s expense.
RaytownOnline.com owner/reporter attended a NAACP meeting that R. Stephen Green, Ed.D., the acting superintendent of the Kansas City Mo. School District was the featured speaker. At the end of the speech, there was a question and answer session and the RaytownOnline.com reporter was able to ask about the tuition offer.
Police were called to a business in the 9300 block of E. 350 Hwy. last Friday night (12/16/2011) to investigate a robbery. Two men entered the store at about 9:15 that evening armed with handguns. They held up a customer at the counter as well as the clerk waiting him. The two men demanded wallet and keys from the customer, and then ordered the clerk to empty the register. They then left west on Gregory Blvd. in the customer’s black 1997 Ford Ranger pickup truck.
Both suspects were described as black men that were about 5’ 8” tall and around 150 lbs. The first man wore blue jeans; a grey hooded sweatshirt, black tennis shoes with a white stripe around the sole; a dark mask and dark gloves. He carried a black handgun that he pointed at the victims. The second man wore black jeans, a dark shirt over a white hooded shirt, dark shoes, a white ski mask under a dark stocking cap and was also thought to be wearing gloves and holding a handgun in his pocket. The victim’s truck was located and recovered by police Monday morning (12/19/2011) near 70th St. and Evanston.
Police ask for your assistance with this, and other crime, by calling the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS (474-8177)
Raytown School District Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator Marilyn Cannon has been named the 2011 Missouri Outstanding Middle School Educator for the state by the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM).
Cannon has been with the District since 1994 and has served as a middle school mathematics teacher, department chair, instructional coach, and curriculum coordinator.
“ I am excited to receive this award not because it speaks highly of me but of the work we do in Raytown,” Cannon said.
Dr. Steve Shelton, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, calls Cannon a driving force behind alignment to state and core standards and a data expert.
“Marilyn works tirelessly at evaluating our data to show us how to best impact instruction. Her commitment to the mathematics department is admirable,” Shelton said.
Cannon received her award at the MCTM fall conference.
Dec 20 2011
City Administrator’s Report
Staff has completed review of the revised site plan and construction plans and approved the building permit for a new building to be constructed at Gregory Boulevard and Highway 350 in front of the recently opened Aldi’s grocery store. Construction plans have not yet been submitted for the interior finish of the building, however, as the developer has not finalized leases for the building.
A Community Blood Center Blood Drive is being held at Raytown EMS, on Wednesday, December 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Call 816-737-6030 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Storm crews cleaned leaves from in front of storm sewer inlet boxes to prevent ponding and localized flooding in response to the forecasted rain this week. Also sewer crews cleaned 10,054 feet of sewer line main.
Staff is pleased with the performance of the rehabilitated sweeper to date. The city spent $56,000 to refurbish the equipment in lieu of the $250,000 to replace the equipment and is pleased with the performance of the sweeper and the cost savings. Public works will continue to evaluate rehabilitation costs against replacement costs when a piece of equipment is deemed in need of replacement.
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
Police responded to a residence in the 5300 block of Hardy when neighbors called to report the sound of gunfire. According to police, a party was going on at the house when one of the residents became involved in a fight with some of the party-goers. A short while after the fight broke up and some of the disputants were ejected, someone began firing into the house from outside. A vehicle left the area after the gunshots. Police believe that gunfire was returned from within the house. Persons in the house report that no one inside was injured by gunfire, although police say that there were signs of injury that were reported to have been from the earlier fight.
The investigation is still open and police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS (474-8477)
Dec 18 2011
The cards were stacked against Raytown South. Their opponents were the defending Kansas 6A champions. The final score at Avila University Saturday night was 54 to 48. South forced 19 turn overs and Junior Diago Tyson scored 22 points. The Cardinals pulled within 2 points towards the end of the game, but in the end the Falcons got the victory.
The good news for South fans is that South was able to be competative with a 6A State champion school and Tyson has another season of play.
Dec 14 2011
A few Photographs from the celebration.
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Dec 14 2011
Raytown Middle School’s theatre arts department recently presented “The Diary of Adam and Eve” by Mark Bucci adapted from Mark Twain’s story by the same name.
“The Diary of Adam and Eve” is a comical look at the relationship between men and women as seen and told through the eyes and words of the first man and woman. The performance marked the 176th birthday of Mark Twain and featured Ben Recob as Adam and Gracie Little as Eve. Ceara Dorsey led the supporting cast as the snake, along with Leah White as the lamb, and Alexis Andonie as the tiger.
Other cast members included Morgan Valancia, Samantha Love-Baxter, Midala Adams, Arriana Staats, Kari Schuacher, Amethyst Moraine, and Robyn Qualls.
Mr. Wes Hanson was the play’s director.
Dec 13 2011
Post season honors for the 2011 football season are being announced.
Raytown High School 1st team Suburban Conference White Division All-Conference selections were Justus McMullen and Chris Jackson on offense and Terrance Hill on defense. Second team selections were Steve Deshazer on offense and Andre Norles on defense. Honorable Mention selections were Chris Scott and Jamie Nix on offense, and Deshazer, Jason Ellison, Hnery Burns, Tyler Wells, Donte Yarbough, and Manny Pecina on defense. This is the largest number of recipients for Raytown High in the last 4 years.
Raytown South High School 1st team Suburban Conference White Division All-Conference selections were Jameel Cox and Leondre Gibson on offense, and Justin Turner and Steve Addison on defense. Second team selections were Justin Turner on offense, and Gibson, Justin Chigbogu, Jamaal Cox, and Landon James-Wilson on defense.
Honorable mention selections for South were Jamaal Cox, Nustafaa Rose, Delvon Rouser, Marqus Moye, Jamar Cutler, Raymond Chase, Trace Hart, Josh Johnson, and Anthony Howard on offense, and Jameel Cox, Marqus Moye, Jamar Cutler, and Tyshawn Penington on defense. Dion Williams was selected honorable mention punter.
Additionally,the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State Football Team was announced December 2, and athletes from Raytown High and Raytown South High are included.
From Raytown High School, Terrance Hill was selected as 2nd Team Linebacker for Class 5.
From Raytown South High School, Defensive Lineman Justin Chigbogu, Linebacker Jamaal Cox, Running Back Jameel Cox, and Linebacker Justin Turner were all selected to the Class 5 All-State 3rd team.