KC school board president receives local and national recognition

11/06/2013 4:25 PM

11/06/2013 4:25 PM

The Kansas City school board’s efforts to help stabilize and improve the city’s public schools have earned its president a pair of honors.

Airick Leonard West was one of four finalists named by the Council of the Great City Schools for its national 2013 Urban Educator of the Year award at its annual conference last week.

Locally, West is one of five winners of the 2013 Consensus Civility Award. The awards will be presented Nov. 14 at the annual breakfast of Consensus, a nonprofit group that encourages and recognizes civility in work on difficult public issues.

West has served on the school board since 2008 and was first elected its president in 2010.

Other winners of the 2013 Civility Award are former Kansas City mayor pro tem Alvin Brooks; Steve Roling, a former CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City; Mayor Joel Marquardt and the Roeland Park City Council; and mental health activist Corinna West (no relation to the school board president).

The winner of the Council of the Great City Schools’ top educator was Denise Link, chairwoman of the Cleveland school board.

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