Gordon Parks Elementary School
3715 Wyoming
Kansas City MO 64111
2nd graders
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 753-6700
Mission Statement
Gordon Parks provides urban-core children, including those who are at-risk, an individualized education that is balanced to develop character, intellect, creativity and physical well-being.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joe Palmer
Board Chair Dr. Bernard Franklin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Assistant Vice President, Kansas State University
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $3,411,302
Projected Expenses $3,372,597
Statements
Mission Statement
Gordon Parks provides urban-core children, including those who are at-risk, an individualized education that is balanced to develop character, intellect, creativity and physical well-being.
Background Statement
Founded in 1999 by Dorothy Curry and Sue Jarvis, Gordon Parks Elementary School (GPES) was named in honor of Gordon Parks, the groundbreaking African-American photographer, who proudly endorsed the school’s mission of educating urban core children to reach their full potential. Sponsored by the University of Central Missouri, GPES opened in 2000 with fifty-three children in kindergarten and first grade. Adding a grade each year, by 2005, the school welcomed kindergarten through fifth grade students.
 
For seventeen years, GPES has provided a nurturing educational environment that addresses the holistic needs of children in the urban core. 2013-2014 was a pivotal year for GPES. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to close the school in May, and when the decision was challenged in court, a Missouri Circuit Court Judge overruled the DESE decision. With a heightened sense of purpose, and a determination to educate children in the urban core, GPES reopened in August 21, 2013. Today, our team of faculty and administrators stand committed to creating a school environment with high expectations for our students in the areas of achievement, attendance and behavior. As GPES Executive Director Steve Fleming told The Kansas City Star, “We’ve set the culture….We’ve done the foundational things.”
 
Poised to guide students toward life-long success, Gordon Parks Elementary School remains dedicated to its mission:  Gordon Parks provides urban-core children, including those who are at-risk, with an individualized education that is balanced to develop intellect, character, creativity and physical well-being.
 
Since 2013, our test scores have improved more than 300% as our students receive the resources they need to learn in the classrooms.  We have implemented a Responsive Classroom approach school-wide, we collaborate with 2 full-time teachers in each classroom making our student to teacher ratio 10:1 and we provide a full-time CARE Team to meet the needs our the whole child.
Impact Statement
In 2015-2016, the students and staff of Gordon Parks worked together to reach the following goals:
  • ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE:  55% of our 4th graders who have been with us for 3 years are on grade level for English/Language Arts.
  • ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE:  73% of our 4th graders who have been with us for 3 years are on grade level for Math.
  • STRONG ATTENDANCE: For the second year in a row, the average daily attendance rate remained solid at 94.8%.
  • INCREASED COMMUNITY SUPPORT: In 2015-2016, almost sixty volunteers and mentors committed over 700 hours to our school and students through special projects and weekly visits with students.  During the summer of 2016, hundreds of volunteers committed to over 1,000 hours of work to improve the school facilities and get ready for the school year.
 In 2016-2017, Gordon Parks Elementary goals include:
  •  IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE: GPES will continue to monitor student attendance, maintain a benchmarking system for reading and math, and schedule school to increase core instructional time.
  • CONTINUALLY IMPROVE CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION: continue to translate skill statements into daily lessons, continue to develop pre-post assessments and utilize the data to inform instructional decisions.
  • ENHANCE PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN GORDON PARKS PROGRAMS: expand programming for family academic nights, consult on attendance issues, and facilitate involvement in academic and behavior issues.
Needs Statement
Students at GPES thrive thanks to the commitment of the Kansas City community. However, our growing student body has a variety of needs including:
  • Operational support in order to continue to support our student's academic progress with two full-time certified teachers in each classroom.
  • Professional development support in order to continue to improve up on our Responsive Classroom approach school-wide.
  • Funding to help support our CARE Team who continues to provide a trauma-informed care approach to help our students socially and emotionally and get them ready to learn.
  • Join our community and become a GPES mentor or volunteer.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Charter Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
We are committed to providing the high level of qualified staff and special services required to fulfill our mission. Funding two teachers in every classroom, a full-time CARE Team and being able to provide professional development for our staff to continue to thrive with our Responsive Classroom approach is a priority.  Our need to expand and retain private community support from individuals, foundations and corporations is great.

Nevertheless, the impact of individualized instruction is reflected by the substantial increase in our 2014-2015 MAP test results. We were excited to report that 50% of our 3rd grade students score proficient/advanced in both English/Language Arts and Math. We are working with great determination to make sure our students continually achieve, and we know that many will be watching our outcomes.

The best way out of generational poverty is education. Our mission is clear: "Acting on our conviction that every child has promise, Gordon Parks provides urban-core children, including those who are at-risk, an individualized education that is balanced to develop character, intellect, creativity and physical well-being." We have put together a team of faculty and administrators that are committed to creating a school environment with high expectations for our students in the areas of achievement, attendance, and behavior. We have the opportunity to put individualized education to work for our students. At GPES, all students will build strong academic foundations that will lead to a lifetime of success.
Programs
Description Gordon Parks Elementary School, Grades K-4
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success
The short-term success of Gordon Parks Elementary School is based upon attendance, student achievement and behavior, and teacher-focused, job-embedded professional development.
 
  • Attendance success measures student daily attendance against the 90/90 benchmark.
  • Student Achievement measures growth in STAR data in the areas of literacy, reading, and math.
  • The success of job embedded professional development is measured by ongoing informal and formal teacher evaluations and student achievement data.
Long-Term Success
Our long-term success is also based upon student achievement and the ability of GPES graduates to remain Advanced/Proficient on MAP tests in middle and high school, and ultimately to create high school and college graduates.
Program Success Monitored By
Our full time Curriculum Coordinator and Teaching Methods Coach provide job embedded professional development for all instructional staff on data teams, best practices, and curriculum writing and implementation. The model they use is consistent across grade levels and subjects. It contains the following key elements:
 
Continuous Improvement Process: Pre-test > Learning Strategies  > Measured Progress through Summative Assessments > Data Team Diagnostics > Refined Learning Strategies.
 
In addition, the Leadership Team and Instructional Staff use a variety of assessments to monitor and benchmark the progress and growth of all students. We continue to utilize the STAR assessment as six-week benchmark for early literacy, reading, and math. Staff members use the results of the norm-referenced test to categorize student performance as: above, at, or below grade level benchmark based on the STAR Grade Equivalency. Both STAR assessments generate reports that categorize students as: Tier 1 (at or above grade level), Tier 2 (monitor closely), or Tier 3 (intervention needed). Teachers create a diagnostic instructional plan for all students below grade level. Teachers also use NWEA. NWEA Measure of Academic Progress tests present students with engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.
Examples of Program Success
In 2015-2016, the students and staff of Gordon Parks worked together to reach the following goals:
  • Stable Attendance: For the second year in a row, our average daily attendance remained solid at 94.8%.
  • Improved Student Achievement:  The importance of individualized instruction is reflected in our MAP test results:
  • 55% of our 3rd grade students were proficient/advanced in English/Language Arts and 73% were proficient/advanced in Math.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Joe Palmer
Term Start July 2013
Experience

Joe Palmer is the Chief Education Officer at Gordon Parks Elementary School. Mr. Palmer is excited about the opportunity to continue to serve children and help them become productive members of society. His recent administrative experience includes 4 years as a principal at Leawood Elementary in Blue Valley, 5 years as a principal in Liberty, and 12 years as a principal in Shawnee Mission. Mr. Palmer received his education specialist degree from Wichita State University, his Master of Science degree from Northeast Missouri State University, and his Bachelor of Science degree from William Jewell College.

Providing a positive and safe school environment as well as challenging students academically are his first priorities at GPES. In speaking about his role with GPES, he says, “I have worked in some wonderful schools and school districts during my career. I look forward to working with the teachers and school community to make a positive impact on the lives of our students.” 

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Dr. Lynne Beachner Aug 2004 - June 2009
Steve Fleming -
Senior Staff
Title Chief Development Officer
Title Federal Grant Administrator
Title Curriculum Coordinator
Title Instructional Coach
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 35
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 43
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 95%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

Big Smiles, Cerner Healthy Kids, Youth Ambassadors, Kansas City Young Matrons, The Pembroke Hill School, Belinder Elementary School, St. Aiden's Church, First Tees, Girls on the Run, St. Andrew's Church, Rockhurst High School, St. Teresa's Academy, Lockton, U.S. Engineering, Mariner Retirement Advisors, CBRE

External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Central Missouri State University (CMSU) Annual Charter School Review2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Bernard Franklin
Company Affiliation Assistant Vice President, Kansas State University
Term July 2016 to July 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Douglas Curry Corporate Consultant
Mr. Paul Dorathy Baldwin City USD 348
Dr. Bernard Franklin Kansas State University
Ms. Keli O'Neill Wenzel O'Neill Marketing and Event Management
Mr. Brett Posten Dimensional Innovations
Mr. Adam Sachs Husch Blackwell
Dr. John Vandewalle Lumen Touch
Dr. Kent Yocum
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 6
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Building
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Nominating
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. David Heineman Shank & Hamilton, P.C.
Mr. Chip Power Power Group Benefits
Mr. Chester Thompson Jr.Retired Engineer/Past President
Ms. Levora B. Whitmore Past President
Mr. Frank Young Insurance Consultant
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $3,411,302
Projected Expenses $3,372,597
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,493,004$1,765,421$3,342,235
Administration Expense$628,076$591,569$636,162
Fundraising Expense$0$0$94,452
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.090.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%75%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,585,367$1,457,797$1,308,899
Current Assets$579,893$513,639$401,731
Long-Term Liabilities$0$200,000$271,424
Current Liabilities$200,000$0$0
Total Net Assets$1,385,367$1,257,797$1,037,475
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.90----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%14%21%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Gordon Parks Elementary School
Address 3715 Wyoming
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 753-6700
Contact Email info@gpes.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joe Palmer
Board Chair Dr. Bernard Franklin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Assistant Vice President, Kansas State University
Year of Incorporation 1999