Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools to serve as host of listening tour session Wednesday

The Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools has been chosen to serve as host of one of the upcoming “listening tour” sessions that the Kansas State Department of Education is conducting throughout the state.

The session, titled “Kansas Children, Kansas’ Future” will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The purpose of these conversations is to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, higher education representatives, legislators, members of the business community and all other interested parties to discuss the future they want for Kansas children and the role they believe Kansas education should play in supporting that envisioned future, a spokesman said.

Attendees will work in small groups to discuss questions such as:
• What are the characteristics, qualities, abilities and skills of a successful 24-year-old Kansas?
• What is the role of K-12 education in achieving this future and how should K-12 measure indicators toward that success?
• What is the role of higher education in achieving this future and how should higher education measure indicators toward that success?

The outcomes of these conversations will be collected and used to begin building the state’s strategic plan for education. This represents a tremendous opportunity for residents, staff and community leaders to have a voice in shaping the future of education in Kansas.

KCKPS is one of 15 that will take place in locations across the state. For other sites or more information, visit the KSDE website, www.ksde.org.

Fatal accident may have been caused by load shift

A truck's load shift is the apparent cause of a fatal accident this morning on K-32 near 78th Street in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A truck’s load shift is the apparent cause of a fatal accident this morning on K-32 near 78th Street in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

A truck’s load shift was the apparent cause of a fatal accident about 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 78th and Kaw Drive (K-32), according to authorities.

Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Tiffany Bush said a preliminary investigation showed the truck was carrying a load of plywood that apparently shifted when the truck attempted to stop.

The lumber crushed the cab of the truck, killing the driver. Load security is very important to safety, she said.

The accident was just west of the intersection of 78th and K-32. A lawyer from https://www.gruber-law.com/ arrived at the scene to help sort legal matters out.

A Kansas City, Kan., Police Department spokesman stated that a vehicle pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer as it was westbound on Kaw Drive. The driver of the tractor-trailer tried to stop the vehicle, which caused the trailer load to shift forward, crushing the driver, the Kansas City, Kan., police spokesman said.

At this time, authorities are not sure if wet roads were a factor, but if they were, it might have taken a longer time to stop.

K-32 was closed from Swartz Road to 78th Street while the accident was under investigation.

The accident remains under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

K-32 was closed from about Swartz Road to 78th Street after a fatal accident this morning. Plywood boards were scattered on K-32 following the accident. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
K-32 was closed from about Swartz Road to 78th Street after a fatal accident this morning. Plywood boards were scattered on K-32 following the accident. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Tiffany Bush said load security is very important to safety. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Tiffany Bush said load security is very important to safety. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)