This week on The Local Show, Nick Haines gets an inside look at the innovative Woodneath Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library which will have some new surprises in store for library patrons when it opens this summer. Superintendent Dr. Jim Hinson has made headlines recently with some new policies and programs in the Independence School District. Nick Haines sits down with him to discuss some of these new approaches to running a school district. We return to the Blue Valley School District’s CAPS program to take a closer look at the entrepreneurial skills that students are learning in addition to first hand experience in a variety of fields. And we take a look back at some scenes from last year’s City in Motion event A Modern Night At The Folly as they prepare for the 10th anniversary event to be held at The Folly Theater on Saturday, February 9.
How much thought do you give to the design of your local library? When is the last time you even went to your local library? Worried about declining attendance, the Mid-Continent Public Library system is reinventing what your neighborhood library looks like and offers.
At its newest branch called Woodneath, near fast growing Liberty, an 1850′s historic home is being re-purposed as a writing lab and self publishing center for the future JK Rowlings. The house is just part of the new project. Library director Steve Potter took Nick Haines on a hard hat tour of the library which is scheduled to open this summer.
Should you be required to live where you work? The Independence School District thinks so.
A new residency rule is shaking up their top staff. About 60 principals, assistant principals and other Independence School District administrators who live outside the district are now going to have to start house hunting.
A policy just passed by the school board forces administrators to live in the district by February 2015. The idea was insisted upon by superintendent Dr Jim Hinson. But why?
It is just one of the headline grabbing stories that has put Hinson in the news of late. He’s also seen himself on the Today Show and Good Morning America in the last several weeks as the district opts to enroll more than a dozen of its most obese students in a 28 thousand dollar a semester weight loss camp in South Carolina.
Dr. Hinson sat down with Nick Haines on The Local Show.
Recently on the Local Show, we asked where the Garmins and the Cerners of the future would come from? We took you inside the Blue Valley School District’s 12 million dollar CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) building where the next generation of engineers and life science researchers are getting a head start while still in high school.
Believe it or not, students in the CAPS program have also created dozens of businesses and products…everything from rechargeable cell phones to a prosthetic knee brace. When the Chamber of Commerce talks about making Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city, is this where the next generation will come from?
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