As two of the main stakeholders in the Kansas City, Missouri School District we believe we have a right and responsibility to inform the Commissioner and State Board of our point of view related to the formation of the Special Monitoring and AssistanceTeam.
In response to Commissioner Nicastro’s request for community recommendations for role and characteristics of a Special Monitoring and Assistance Team (SMAT), the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School-Related Personnel and the District Advisory Committee (DAC) recommend the SMAT consist of three parts: individual community representatives from each school, five cluster groups or teams of community representatives, and one monitoring committee.
Community Representatives: Must live or work in the district and have children or regularly volunteer in the school. They will visit the school and talk with the principal teachers, staff and parents about what is or is not working and report back to the cluster groups every month.
Cluster Groups: Made up of community representatives. Will meet monthly to discuss what is or is not working at the schools, within the cluster and discuss ways to make sure things are working.
Monitoring Committee: Will have nine members including: a representative from each cluster group, a retired teacher, a teacher’s union representative and two parents. The monitoring committee will meet monthly with the superintendent, senior staff and the school board monthly to discuss the cluster group surveys and reports look at what the district is doing to make sure that things are working in the schools.
Each committee member will be committed to the success of the KCMSD and to working with their school and committees to make sure that our schools are working for our children.
By signing this petition, I affirm my support for the recommendations of the District Advisory Committee and Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School-Related Personnel.