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Stormont-Vail HealthCare Breaks Ground at Kanza

Stormont-Vail HealthCare broke ground on its new surgery center located at Topeka Public Schools’ Kanza Education and Science Park on Tuesday, September 26th. The building, which is expected to open in the fall of 2015, will be a three-story, 87,657 square-foot, state-of-the-art building costing about $20 million to construct. 

According to Randy Peterson, president and CEO of Stormont-Vail, the building will house orthopedic and single-day surgery departments, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy facilities. The building will also have doctor’s offices and two X-ray rooms.
This building, and all the amenities it will offer, is especially exciting to Topeka Public Schools. Through a partnership with Stormont-Vail HealthCare, TPS students will have many opportunities to learn about careers in the medical field and will be able to expand on their science education at the new facility. TPS deputy superintendent Larry Robbins is excited about the possibili…

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NEA-T and TPS Reach Teacher Contract Agreement

NEA-T and Topeka Public Schools have completed interest based bargaining and reached agreement on a contract for certified staff for the 2014-2015 school year.Interest based bargaining is a collaborative form of negotiations where both sides look to resolve interests rather than the traditional form of positional bargaining.Members of NEA-T have ratified the agreement.The Board of Education took action on the agreement at its August 21 meeting.
The agreement adds $680 to the base salary of certified staff as well as step movement both vertical and horizontal.Certified staff will see no increase in insurance rates.“Our health insurance premiums have not increased for four consecutive years,” said Deputy Superintendent Larry Robbins.“Single coverage health insurance with a $1,000 deductible, prescription drug coverage, dental care and $10,000 in life insurance costs an employee $20 a month.”

The agreement includes enhancements for longevity pay with the intent being to help retain expe…

District Tests Bullet-Resistant Glass

Student safety is a top priority at Topeka Public Schools, and we have been working to improve security measures since last April's successful bond initiative. This morning, Ron Brown, Director of School Safety, oversaw demonstrations testing the capabilities of different grades of bullet-resistant film at the Topeka Police Department's firing range. "Our intent was to see a visual demonstration of how the glass works, and make a determination as a district as to whether this is the product we want to purchase. We're trying to be good stewards of taxpayer money because we are going to spend a lot of money on this. We also want to be able to provide first-hand accounts of what we saw to our principals and our PTO's to tell them what the capabilities of this window film are," Brown explained. Using old doors and windows from the district, Soward's Glass applied the bullet-resistant film for testing and set up the demonstration.
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THS Grad Receives NEA Award

Recent Topeka High School grad Jack Hishmeh received the SuAnn Big Crow Memorial Award at the National Education Association's Human and Civil Rights awards ceremony in Denver last month. Click on the link below to watch the video documenting his incredible accomplishments and gracious acceptance speech.

We are so proud of this young man, and appreciate all he has done for Topeka High School, Topeka Public Schools, and most importantly, his fellow students.

Congratulations, Jack--- you're truly an inspiration!

McClure Hosts Super Hero Leadership Academy

Twenty-six 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at McClure Elementary took part in the school's annual Super Heroes Training Camp. The camp serves as a youth leadership academy for students who want to become role models in their school. 

Superhero trainer Dr. Lloyd Hackley helped students choose a super hero name, design a costume and logo, and learn about real-life super heroes. The students also took part in fitness testing and learned ways they can continue to make McClure a fun and safe place to learn. 

Dr. Hackley was assisted by four soon-to-be TPS high school freshmen, who generously sacrificed their last day of summer break to mentor the kids. 

Working together as an education community is just one more reason Topeka Public Schools is a great place to be!