Cass County Kids First stresses local control during second Legislative Breakfast
School officials have a consistent message to legislators: allow local school boards the flexibility to make decisions for their own school districts.
Local control was the common theme when representatives from public school districts in Cass County met Friday morning, April 13, with two state legislators to discuss issues being considered during the 2018 legislative session.
The issues discussed were varied – including school funding in the state budget, concerns over school choice, school calendars, early childhood education, hiring retired teachers as substitute teachers, and school board election dates.
This is the fourth year for the school districts to join forces under the banner “Cass County Kids First” to develop and endorse a list of legislative priorities.
The legislative priorities are organized in four categories of funding, local control, accountability, and student transfers. After developing and endorsing the list of legislative priorities, the group invited legislators who represent the districts to attend several planned events for 2018.
At the legislative breakfast on April 13 in Harrisonville, Rep. Jack Bondon, R-56; and Rep. Donna Pfautsch, R-33, attended and spoke with the group. Unable to attend were: Sen. Ed Emery, R-31, Rep. Rick Brattin, R-55; Rep. Wanda Brown, R-57, and Rep. Jack Runions, D-37. They have participated in Cass County Kids First events in the past.
Cass County Kids First includes the 10 public school districts in Cass County: Archie R-V School District, Belton #124 School District, Drexel R-IV School District, East Lynne 40 School District, Harrisonville School District, Midway R-I School District, Pleasant Hill School District, Raymore-Peculiar School District, Sherwood Cass School District, and Strasburg C-3 School District. Their elected Boards of Education serve over 18,000 Cass County students.