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Tentative plans for KHS return to on-campus learning

Dr. David Ulrich, KSD superintendent, announced the administration is planning a return for high school students.
Amara Harper and Lydia Cohen October 18, 2020

Dr. David Ulrich, KSD superintendent, announced the administration is planning a return for high school students during a Board of Education meeting Monday, Oct. 12. Ulrich said he would be meeting with...

BOE approves middle school plan, superintendent sets high school return goal for Nov. 9

With the Board of Education set to approve a plan for middle and high school to return to in-person learning, TKC has reviewed how KSD has handled the pandemic since March. Of TKC staff, 88% (57/65) believe KSD has not handled the pandemic in the best way possible for the community.
Kate Schreiber, features + in-depth editor October 12, 2020

The KSD Board of Education voted to approve Superintendent Dr. David Ulrich’s recommendation for the middle school re-entry plan at a specially scheduled meeting Monday, Oct. 12. The plan gives all middle...

District update: fall options, graduation, school board and more

KSD will provide more information on plans for the fall semester in mid-July. District properties are still closed.
Olivia Silvey and Kate Schreiber June 10, 2020

FALL SEMESTER AND SCHOOL EVENTS   KSD is continuing to discuss options for the fall semester, which include the possibilities of online learning, regular attendance or a hybrid of both methods....

Backer refutes real estate claims, admits wrongdoing advocating for students with special needs

A 51-page censure resolution with supporting documents detailing Board Policy violations by Backer was released Tuesday, Feb. 11 by KSD administration.
Ethan Peter and Ally Ortmann February 16, 2020

KSD School Board member Julie Backer admitted she stepped out of line advocating for students with special needs in an interview with TKC, but also provided documents refuting the real estate claims against...

UPDATE: Dr. Jeff Arnett responds to KSD School Board dispute

Dr. Michele Condon shared more information about online school and more in an email to TKC.
Ethan Peter, web editor February 12, 2020

UPDATE: February 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Jeff Arnett made an additional statement to TKC about his departure from KSD after being appointed superintendent in 2018: While the approach of one individual...

KSD School Board President Darnel Frost and board member Julie Backer announce joint statement Feb. 10

Last night’s board meeting took a different path as Frost amended the previously distributed meeting agenda, announcing that Backer and the board had agreed on a joint statement of resolution instead Feb. 10.
Ally Ortmann, associate editor February 11, 2020

At the KSD Board of Education meeting Feb. 10, an agenda item set to present a resolution to censure board member Julie Backer was not moved forward. KSD School Board President Darnel Frost amended the...

KSD School Board President Darnel Frost responds to Feb. 1 impromptu meeting

At an impromptu meeting, KSD Board of Education President Darnel Frost, called for Julie Backer, school board member, to recuse herself from the search for the new superintendent Feb. 1.
Megan Cleveland, editor-in-chief February 7, 2020

At an impromptu meeting, KSD Board of Education President Darnel Frost, called for Julie Backer, school board member, to recuse herself from the search for the new superintendent Feb. 1. In a statement...

School board member Julie Backer responds to accusations

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent.
Ally Ortmann, associate editor February 4, 2020

At an impromptu meeting, Kirkwood School District Board of Education President Darnel Frost asked board members to look into censuring fellow board member Julie Backer Feb. 1. Frost then called for Backer...

Search for new superintendent update

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent.
Megan Cleveland, editor-in-chief January 10, 2020

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent. According to...

School board election results

Kirkwood citizens came out to the polls on Tuesday, April 2 to cast their votes in the school board election.
Izzy Colón and Thomas Birmingham April 3, 2019

Kirkwood citizens came out to the polls on Tuesday, April 2 to cast their votes in the school board election. Mark Boyko and Darnel Frost were elected. The results were updated throughout the night by...

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