Thursday, July 17, 2008

District postpones school fairs

A pair of Kansas City School District neighborhood fairs planned for the community this weekend will be rescheduled during two weekends in August.

The fair at James Elementary fair will be rescheduled for 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 at the school. The event is designed for the James community to address concerns related to changes in the school’s boundaries.

The event will also feature food, carnival games and the magician “Razzle The Dazzler.” Informative activities such as language proficiency tests, science activities, and library book giveaways and card registration will also be offered.

The fair at Garfield Elementary will be rescheduled for 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 at the school. Students, families and community members are invited to enjoy carnival games and delicious snacks, informative community booths and vendors, and important information about enrollment, free preschool and K-8 Neighborhood Schools.

Both events are free and open to the public. These fairs are an effort by the Kansas City, Missouri School District to bring important services and information directly to the community.

Sign of the times...

Caught red-handed.

John Rizzo’s posse begs a warning from The Northeast News. It wasn’t even 48 hours after Rizzo had professed at a public forum his campaign workers did not place signs in the right of way, that they did the very thing.

The Northeast News sighted Mike Gray, brother of Pat Gray – the Rizzo campaign consultant, diligently placing Rizzo’s campaign signs along St. John Avenue and along Gladstone Boulevard in Concourse Park. Having busted Gray for placing signs along Independence Avenue last year,

The Northeast News quickly pulled a u-turn to confront the man. Gray openly admitted he was paid by Rizzo to “go out and plant signs” Later that same afternoon, The Northeast News received a call from Rizzo who called to make some clarifications.

“We’ve reprimanded Mr. Gray and instructed him that if he places any more yard signs in the public right of way, he would be terminated from working on our campaign any further,” Rizzo said.

He also stated Mr. Gray receives a list of addresses of where to place the signs.

“I don’t know what he was thinking,” Rizzo said. “I take this very seriously, yard signs are for yards, not the public right of way.”