Fewer empty seats on KCPS school board after election

Posted April 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By JOE JAROSZ
Northeast News
April 16, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – There is some new blood on the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education.

During last week’s election, residents were asked to fill several seats on the KSPC school board. A total of three new members – two filling vacated seats and one incumbent not getting re-elected – were sworn in Thursday, April 10.

For School Director sub-district four, a five-year term, Melissa Robinson was elected with over 70 percent of the vote, 897 votes, over incumbent Joseph Jackson, 416 votes.

Filling two seats for School Director At-Large, both five-year terms, Patricia Mansur and Amy Hartsfield were elected with 37 and 27 percent of the vote, respectfully, over Catina Taylor and Janelle Bailey, nine and 23 percent,

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    Rhode to success is through community assistance

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    April 16, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – For as much as the Federal Bureau of Investigation does for the country, they occasionally need help.

    And now, one Northeast community member can say he’s been awarded for serving the greater Kansas City area.

    On April 4, 2014, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the bureau recognized John Fierro, president and CEO of the Mattie Rhodes Center, and 57 other individuals and organizations

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    Streetcar voices get day in court

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    April 9, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Some were for the streetcar. Others were against the streetcar. But everyone, though, was respectful of the process and grateful of the opportunity to speak.

    During last Tuesday’s public forum before Marco Roldan, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge, nearly 50 community members had a chance to voice their opinions on the recently announced phase two of the Transportation Development District. On Thursday, March 27, the Kansas City city council unanimously approved the streetcar phase two expansion plan and budget.

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    What’s in a question? Council members clear up ballot

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    April 2, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – On Tuesday, April 8, Kansas City, Mo., residents will head to the polls for the latest election.

    This spring’s ballot includes Kansas City Public School Board of Education seats and various city measures residents will need to approve or deny. But do the voters know what they’ll be asked to vote for?

    Scott Wagner and Jan Marcason, Council members who represent the First District and portions of

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    Area youth getting the chance to ride

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 26, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Inner-city youth are now able to go mountain biking in style, thanks to the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

    The Police Athletic League of Kansas City recently received a grant from Epic Bike and Sport of Kansas City, Mo., that awarded the group eight new mountain bikes for its Trail Blazers mountain bike club. The PAL also partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Area for free helmets for the youth in

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    Kansas City's City Market goes greener

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 26, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – One of the greenest areas in Kansas City is getting a little greener.

    The River Market, located in northeast Kansas City, Mo., has installed solar panels on the east side of the market. The River Market is home to one of the largest public farmers’ markets in the Midwest.

    In a partnership with Kansas City Power and Light, as well as Mark One Electric, two 25 kilowat solar systems are being installed on

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    Northeast boy safe with after found wandering area streets

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    March 25, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A northeast Kansas City, Mo., child is safe with the city’s Division of Family Services after being found wandering unsupervised near the 100 block of White Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

    Around 11 a.m. KCPD officers were dispatched to the area of St. John’s and White Avenues for a call of a juvenile wandering alone. The boy, who Sgt. Harold Headrick said was around two or three-years-old, was found by area construction workers less than a block away from his house.. Northeast patrol officer and a neighbor sat with the boy in a

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    Former KCPD leaders throw support behind Rea for city council

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Two former Kansas City, Mo., public safety leaders have endorsed Crispin Rea for the third district at-large city council race. Rea, currently the vice chair of the Kansas City School Board announced his candidacy this past February.

    Former KCPD Chief Jim Corwin said Rea has his endorsement because of his track record of listening to “stakeholders, finding common ground and weighing competing interests to find a solution that works.” Former Deputy Chief Vincent Ortega said he’s endorsing Rea because

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    ESL Center helping newcomers learn lay of the land

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – In Historic Northeast Kansas City, Mo., lies a school that houses roughly 700 students.

    But this isn’t any normal school. Not when its student body represents over 75 countries from around the world, including eastern Africa, central America and Asia.

    The English as a Second Language Center, located at the St. Anthony’s Parish at 309 Benton Blvd., assists refugees in learning English. The Don Bosco Center, in partnership with the Independence School District,

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    Texas teens visit NEKC for community outreach

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Most teenagers and young adults spend their spring break having fun, either at a beach or an exotic location, to emphasize on the “break.”

    But some use their break to help others and do good for a community. Even if that community is over 500 miles away from home.

    On Sunday, March 9, about 30 teenagers from the Mansfield Bible Church, in Mansfield, Texas, arrived in Kansas City, Mo., for a week of

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