KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell is approaching his 100-day mark as the head of the district, and he's addressing concerns and planning for the future.
Superintendent Bedell says that what he calls 'listening and learning community meetings' are essential in building his plan to move the district forward.
The ultimate goal is to attain full accreditation, and Bedell says while there are many issues to address, he will take them a couple at a time, starting with attendance and graduation rates.
These community meetings have been taking place since the end of September, and while parents are anxious for the district to improve the overall education and safety of the children, Bedell is most surprised by the one question he has heard more times than any other.
“I have heard a lot about commitment; are you going to be here or are you just here for three years and use this as a stepping stool to get to the next step?” Bedell said.
“But then the commitment that I personally made with my family move my family here, putting them in this school system. I don't want to interrupt their education so if any of that will help to settle people, seeing my kids graduate from the school system are critical.”
The listening and learning tour will be at the Mary Kelly center at 6:30 on Tuesday night, and there are two more scheduled for November 1 and November 3.
Bedell`s outreach will culminate November 5 when he will actually walk the district knocking on doors, in the spirit of truly reaching out to the community.