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Parents list top concerns for KCKPS superintendent

Posted: 10:27 PM, Oct 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-04 03:27:47Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parents and teachers in Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools had an opportunity to voice their concerns to the school district's new superintendent. 

Dr. Charles Foust has been with the school district for about two months. 

On Wednesday evening, he and other district officials hosted a 'Listening and Learning tour' tour at Washington High School.

"I can look at data, or I can look at data and formulate my own opinion but we want to get the authentic conversations going with parents," Foust told 41 Action News, after the meeting. 

During the meeting parents and teachers voiced questions and concerns about teacher retention rates, a lack of school supplies and school security. 

Rebecca Haeberle's son is a sophomore at Washington High School.

"Discipline is a big issue [at] the school," she told 41 Action News. "There's just a lot of issues and I'm hoping that the superintendent can bring some change about that stuff." 

Foust said he will compile a list of questions asked, research and then respond accordingly. 

The district is holding other 'Listening and Learning' tours throughout the month. The dates include Oct. 8 at Wyandotte High School recital hall at 6 p.m., Oct. 22 at Schlagle High School at 6 p.m., and Oct. 29 at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science at 6 p.m.