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Superintendent for the students

Superintendent for the students

Maddie Hawes, features writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under Features, News

The room is alive with intelligent discussion as students bounce ideas back and forth. Three sheets of post-it paper hang on the wall riddled by quick, sharpie scribbles. These scribbles depict the spewed opinions and suggestions under three bolded words: “strengths”, “challenges”, and  “Supt”....

Still a destination district?

Still a destination district?

Abby Carpenter, news-features editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under News

KSD board of Education approved Proposition A, an operating tax increase of 78 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value, July 20, 2015. Proposition A was voted down by the Kirkwood community on Nov. 3, 2015. In December 2015, 52 staff positions were cut throughout the district. Proposition K, a tax levy...

Search for a superintendent

Search for a superintendent

Zachary Clingenpeel, photographer

February 16, 2017


Filed under News

Gathered at NKMS, 15 members of the community discussed finding a new KSD superintendent with representatives from Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), an executive search firm hired by the district to help find candidates for the next superintendent Tuesday, Feb. 2. The meeting was the s...

KSD superintendent announces retirement

KSD superintendent announces retirement

Julia Wunning-Zimmer, web editor

January 10, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Top Stories

Dr. Thomas Williams, superintendent of KSD, announced his retirement to district principals and his administrative staff Jan. 10. According to KSD’s Press Release, he took office in 2009 and has worked with children for more than 40 years. Sending out an email to all staff employees, Williams said ...

Arriving late on the struggle bus

Arriving late on the struggle bus

Cece Hensley and Kennady Wade

August 29, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News, Top Stories

What we know: The Riverview Gardens School District (RGSD) is responsible for the busing of KSD students who live in their district to and from school. KSD pays for the 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. activities buses. During the first week of school, there was a single bus stop for all of the studen...

Operating costs

Operating costs

Abby Carpenter, news writer

March 2, 2016


Filed under News

*Editor's note: The figure under transportation is now correct. ...

Call Ed: Less money, more problems

Call Ed: Less money, more problems

TKC Staff

February 5, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Staff Editorials, Top Stories

When something with the slogan “Keep Kirkwood Great” is voted down by the community, does it make that community decidedly less great? Well, no, but it increases class sizes, leaves KHS with a $4 million deficit ($1 million to still cut) and leaves 25 teachers, 23 support staff members a...

Budget plan approved by School Board

Budget plan approved by School Board

Ben Cohen, breaking news editor

December 12, 2015


Filed under Top Stories

Dec. 14 The Kirkwood School Board voted unanimously in approval of Dr. Thomas Williams' budget proposal. Williams, superintendent, proposed cutting $871,000 in this year's budget and cutting $4.14 million of next year's. Dec. 12 Dr. Thomas Williams, KSD superintendent, will recommend...

Proposition A-Okay

Proposition A-Okay

Will Drury, opinions writer

November 17, 2015


Filed under The Parsnip

*This blog is entirely satirical and not intended to offend our audience. Over the next few weeks, KHS will undergo major changes to their budget spending. After Proposition A didn’t pass on Nov. 3, which would have raised the tax levy in order to maintain the current funding needed to support KSD, t...

Keep Kirkwood great

Keep Kirkwood great

Erin Kelly, copy editor

November 1, 2015


Filed under Opinions

In 2005, President George W. Bush was sworn in for a second term, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the top song on Billboard Hot 100 was Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl.” This year was the last time KSD asked for an increase in operating taxes. Clearly, the U.S. and KSD have changed drastica...

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