Daniel, the girls, and I got up at 3am this morning to drive to CMA to be a part of the Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award surprise assembly for my amazing mom this morning!! 😆😆😆Having the privilege of not only growing up watching my mom be an incredible teacher but also getting the opportunity to be a colleague for 3 years, I KNOW that it is SO deserved. She's a phenomenal teacher for so many technical reasons but the biggest by far in my eyes is because of the love and patience that she has for EACH of her students and the potential she sees and empowers within them. No matter what! She's been doing this for 34 years and every student that has had the privilege of being in her class has been incredibly blessed. I'm SO proud of you mom!!! Thankful we got to be a part of the surprise...the look on your face was priceless and one I won't ever forget! 💗💕
“Enough is enough” was echoing through the Wichita Public Schools' board meeting Monday evening, as teachers faced off with school board members.
Members of the United Teachers of Wichita union protested what they say is a lack of respect the school board has for them. Most of the protesting happened outside North High School or in the hallways. Even during the meeting, there were times when teachers spoke out, which caused some upset with board members. “We just want them to support us. We work super hard, and it just feels like they are not giving us any support. They don't understand what we do in the classroom or what we bring home with us,” said teacher Mikha McDonald. McDonald explained she puts in many hours more than her contract requires because she loves her job and working with children, but she also has expenses that need to be paid. She said she spends around $150 a month on school supplies for her classroom, for which she received no reimbursement.
The union president said that teachers are routinely working several hours over their contracted time and not getting compensated. “You either treat people well if you cannot pay them well, or you pay them well if you are not going to treat them well. We are not getting either one of those right now,” Steve Wentz said. (Read the full article at kake.com; link in bio)
Here are the winners of the Wichita River Festival Sundown Parade 2016
Winners of the Admiral's Trophy - Best of Show category: gracepointchurch.tv
Winners of the Lt. Jack Galvin Award - People's Choice category: Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Winners of the Judges Award category: Beauties & Beast, Inc.
Winners of the Best Band Performance category: Wichita Public Schools All-City Marching Band (pictured)
Winners of the Most Creative category: Linnebur & Miller
Winner of the Best Use of Theme category: Nora Rayl
The Wichita school board will consider ending the school year early as a way to save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A proposal would change the last day of school for USD 259 students from Tuesday, May 24 to Friday, May 20. That would save the district about $400,000.
State law requires the district to provide students with 1,116 hours of instruction. USD 259 will exceed that requirement by the 20th since the district did not have to use any snow days this school year.
If the change is approved at Monday’s school board meeting, May 23rd will be changed to a district in-service day. May 24th would be a non-teaching duty day and the teachers’ last day.
The district said teacher pay and addenda schedules already in place will not be affected.
As USD 259 tries to balance the budget, it's looking at a number of options even getting rid of some bus routes -- especially those deemed hazardous.
According to the district's policy a route must meet four criteria in order for the area to be deemed as dangerous. Those include walk paths, intersections, railroad crossings and bridges.
One school that could be affected by this possible change includes Cessna Elementary School. "All six of our buses would be part of the cuts so we would not have those buses next year," said Matt Snodgrass, Cessna Elementary School Principal.
Snodgrass, who is also a member of the district's transportation committee, says he doesn't believe his school falls under the hazardous criteria anymore. "I think it's important that we went back and looked at the policy. especially at Cessna," he said. "We have sidewalks now, we have walk ways, we have controlled intersections where we didn't use to when the policy was first implemented." There are 34 schools that offer hazardous transportation right now.
With the proposed changes:
-10 schools would be cut from hazardous routes
-12 schools would have partial hazardous areas
-12 schools would keep its hazardous busing
Fabian Armendariz, USD 259 Transportation Director said,"some schools would lose the bulk of their transportation. Others is minimal impact. Some don't even cut buses at all. Some, even though they lose hazardous transportation, it doesn't equate to a bus." Snodgrass says while making any cuts or reductions hurts the budget woes have led to some inquiries. "We're looking at efficiencies and we're going back to policies and making sure that we're fair." #schoolbus#WichitaSchools#USD259#BusRoute#WichitaPublicSchools#WichitaKS#kakenews