Middle schools to host ribbon cutting ceremonies

Posted September 12, 2014 at 12:00 am

Northeast News
Sept. 12, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Public Schools will officially unveil its two new middle schools to the public.

During the ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 13, community members will be able to tour the Northeast Middle School, 4909 Independence Ave., and Central Middle School, 3611 E. Linwood Blvd.

Central has the first ribbon cutting from 9 – 9:30 a.m. followed by the Northeast cutting from 1 – 1:30 p.m. Student ambassadors will be on hand at both schools to lead tours following the ribbon cutting ceremonies.

In 2010, seventh and eighth graders were moved to the high schools during the right-sizing process. After Green was named permanent Superintendent two years later, he launched an initiative to restart the middle schools in response to community concerns and best practices within public education. Both schools currently just have seventh graders. The buildings will have their full enrollment of seventh

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    Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green announces Google's donation.

    Donation from Google fulfills classroom requests for 152 teachers, reaching 13,842 students

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Sept. 11, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Teachers at Garfield Elementary, and from around the Kansas City area, got a pleasant surprise this week.

    Google announced they are fully funding the classroom requests of every Greater Kansas City area teacher on the education crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.org. With Google’s $194,370 donation, 152 Kansas City area teachers will be able to purchase materials ranging from paper, pencils, books, laptops, musical instruments and microscopes for their 13,842 students.

    The projects being funded at Garfield Elementary include:
    -First grade teacher Gina Boltz requested materials for science centers to help get her students excited about science, technology,

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    Latest phase of construction leads to more street closures

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    September 10, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The streetcar construction continues to roll, this time with more congestion in the River Market area.

    During the first week of September, lane closures began on Delaware Street entering and exiting the River Market, including the Delaware Avenue bridge over I-70. This phase includes prepping the tracks for the streetcar which will connect downtown Kansas City with the River Market. Crews will also start lining existing sewer pipe along Fourth Street and Grand Boulevard this week. While this process

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    Grand Old Opera house

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    September 10, 2014

    The Grand Opera House located at Seventh and Walnut is this week’s historic postcard, made in Germany and a wonderful example of a hand-colored card of the day.

    The message on the back is barely legible in spots but can still be made out. It reads: “Dear Gunnild, How are you? We are fine and dandy. Thank you for the nice postal cards you sent me. You must come over Sunday, ask your mother if you

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    Taste and Tour 2014

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    September 10, 2014

    Attendees at this year’s Northeast Kansas City International Taste and Tour were able to sample foods from 20 area restaurants with international flavors from Ethiopia, France, Italy, Haiti, Mexico, Somalia and Vietnam. Vendors included desserts from Elvira’s Bakery, drinks and salsas from Chapala Mexicano and barbecue from Vee’s Barbeque & Casual Catering.

    City tracks down e-tax evaders

    Northeast News
    Sept. 9, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Since launching its integrated revenue system in June 2013, Kansas City, Mo., has collected more than $925,000 from 2,800 delinquent taxpayers. The city’s new revenue system, RevKC, syncs with Internal Revenue Service data to identify individuals and businesses failing to pay earnings tax. These automated matches – which were ad hoc before the new system – have resulted in enhanced compliance and revenues.

    The city requires anyone living or working in Kansas City, Missouri, to file and pay earnings tax. These new matches will initially target those residents who work for employers located outside

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    Roads closed this weekend due to multiple races

    Northeast News
    Sept. 5, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — City officials are advising motorists that area events will impact traffic in the 18th & Vine District Saturday and Downtown on Sunday.

    Taking place on Saturday, the Niles Home 5k will affect traffic around the 18th and Vine District. The race begins at the Niles Home for Children, 1911 E. 23rd St., winding its way through the 18th & Vine District and ending at the Niles Home for Children. The race will impact traffic from approximately 8 – 11 a.m.

    For more information about the race, visit www.nileshomekc.org.

    The Kansas City, Mo., Police Department is sponsoring

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    To the far right, Andrew McConnell leads protestors in chants and song while some members of the group participate in civil disobedience and sit on the off-ramp for I-70.

    Local fast food workers protest outside Northeast McDonald’s

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Sept. 4, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Thursday’s lunch rush outside a Northeast McDonald’s came to a screeching halt.

    Nearly 200 protestors from various fast food chains including McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Wendy’s gathered outside of McDonald’s, 1421 Prospect Ave., as part of a local and national effort to push the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The current minimum wage in Missouri is $7.50 an hour – 25 cents more than the federal minimum wage. Earlier this year, a state Senate committee advanced legislation that could raise Missouri’s minimum wage to

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    City crews to perform illegal sign sweep

    Northeast News
    Sept. 4, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department is advising residents that crews will perform a city-wide sweep targeting and removing signs illegally placed in the public right-of-way on Friday, Sept. 5.

    Under Section 48-47 of the City’s Code of Ordinances, unauthorized signs in the right-of-way or on public property are prohibited and subject to removal and disposal by city staff or individuals authorized by the director of Neighborhood and Community Services. Violations of the sign ordinance may also be prosecuted in municipal court.

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    KCPS MSIP5 test scores on the rise

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    September 3, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City, Mo., Public Schools have taken one step closer to achieving full accreditation.

    On Friday, KCPS Board of Directors Chair Jon Hile and Superintendent R. Stephen Green announced the results of the 2014 Missouri School Improvement Program 5 (MSIP5) during a press conference. The MSIP5 is the state’s school accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri. MSIP began in 1990 and entered its fifth version in 2013.

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