Coming on Board: Envisioning the Future of Kansas City Public Schools

In April, Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) held an election to fill four vacant seats on the board of directors. This is an exciting time for the district—school board members will have the opportunity to work with a new superintendent, Dr. Mark Bedell, who started in Kansas City on July 1st. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with two of the incoming board members to gain perspective on what drives their desire to serve and the work that lies ahead. The following are views from Matthew Oates, a KCPS graduate who currently works as an electrical engineer with Burns & McDonnell, and Natalie Lewis, who previously taught in Kansas City and now works as the director of development for United Inner City Services.


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Halley French

Halley French is a program officer in Education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she supports education-focused initiatives through program development, project management, building relationships, and conducting research. She contributes to all areas of education programming and grantmaking.