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  • 09 Nov 2015 10:41 PM | Anonymous

    Community and staff input is highly valuable to finding Grandview C-4’s next superintendent. GC-4’s Board of Education would like to make sure the community has a say during the process.

    Consultants from the superintendent search firm McPherson & Jacobson will conduct a community focus group on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the GHS Library – 2300 High Grove Rd.

    The feedback from the focus groups will be used to help BOE members identify characteristics the community would like to see in our district’s next superintendent. The information will be used by the search firm to look at candidates who are a good fit for the district. Your input will also be used to form interview questions.

    Several community members may also be selected to participate in interview panels. If you’re interested, you can submit your name during the community input focus group November 10.

  • 09 Nov 2015 10:31 PM | Anonymous

    Mark Radetic, CPA, CGMA, managing member at Kansas City accounting firm MarksNelson LLC, has received two professional distinctions by a pair of industry-leading organizations.

    Radetic has been named Innovative Firm Leader of the Year by the Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), and was recognized at the LEA awards celebration on Oct. 19 in Miami, Fla. Radetic also received the 2015 Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) “Men Who Get It” award, which was presented at an Oct. 28 KSCPA awards luncheon at the InterContinental Kansas City-Plaza hotel.

    “I am humbled to receive these honors on behalf of our entire firm,” Radetic said. “When you surround yourself with exceptional people who are compassionate about their work, clients and each other, it creates an energizing environment. I’m proud to represent and lead MarksNelson to many more exciting ventures ahead.”

    The “Innovative Firm Leader of the Year” award is an international distinction that honors an LEA firm member who embodies the term innovation in several aspects of its operation and service delivery, and highlights the accomplishments of leaders in the accounting industry. LEA is the second largest international association in the world, composed of an alliance of accounting, finance and business advisory firms.

    The KSCPA “Men Who Get It” award honors an individual who champions the idea that diversity and inclusion in the workforce makes good business sense. According to the KSCPA, a “man who gets it” supports the development of programs for women’s advancement, advocates flexible work arrangements and sets an example for others to overcome unconscious bias by being open-minded about providing opportunities that create a diverse work environment.

    Radetic joined MarksNelson as a member in 2003 and focuses on providing assurance services, business planning and advisory and succession planning for clients in the automotive, construction and physician-related industries. He received recognition for his innovative leadership in the workplace in 2014, having been named among the prestigious class of national MP Elites by Accounting Today.

    “Mark’s unique leadership style has achieved measurable results for our firm since he took the reins in 2009,” said Former Managing Member Larry Vohland. “He has built a culture of progress through collaboration and consensus where we work together to live our mission, vision and core values.”

    Radetic received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Benedictine College. He is active in the Kansas City community though his board positions on the Catholic Education Foundation and St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He also serves on the Missouri Society of CPAs Board of Directors.

  • 20 Oct 2015 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    MarksNelson, accounting and consulting firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Angie McElhaney, CPA, CCIFP, to the firm’s executive committee.

    McElhaney is a Member and Chair of the Assurance and Business Advisory practice. Her term on the executive committee runs through the end of 2016. McElhaney joins Managing Member Mark Radetic, CPA, CGMA, and Member and Chief Operating Officer David Kaseff, CPA, JD, CGMA.

    “I am honored to have been elected to MarksNelson’s executive committee and look forward to the added responsibility that comes with the position, including guiding the firm’s vision and ensuring we meet our goals,” McElhaney said. “Being elected as a female on the committee shows our firm’s continued commitment to gender equity and dedication to positioning women in leadership roles.”

    At MarksNelson, McElhaney specializes in working with clients in a variety of industries, including auto dealerships, construction and nonprofit organizations. She joined the firm in 2003 and was named a Member in 2010.

    “Angie is a natural and effective leader and possesses all of the qualities we are looking for in an executive committee member,” said Radetic. “We are fortunate to have her fresh perspective and outlook, as well as her tremendous work ethic as part of our committee."

  • 14 Oct 2015 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    MarksNelson accounting and consulting firm has been named to INSIDE Public Accounting’s (IPA) brand new list of the nation’s top 300 accounting firms—the only ranking of its kind in the accounting industry. MarksNelson landed at No. 215 on the list, which was compiled by IPA after gathering information from more than 500 accounting firms that completed IPA’s Survey and Analysis of Firms.

    This is the second time in 2015 that MarksNelson has received national recognition. In March, the firm earned a spot on Accounting Today’s list of Top Midwest Accounting Firms.

    “We are honored to have been ranked in the IPA Top 300,” said Managing Member Mark Radetic. “The recognition is a testament to our dedicated team of professionals who use the same innovative strategies that contribute to our clients’ business growth, to help us achieve our own steady growth.”

    For the most recent fiscal year, “IPA 300” firms range in size from $7.7 million to $15 million, and from 25 to 120 staff. MarksNelson employs 107.

    For 25 years, INSIDE Public Accounting has compiled the annual “IPA Top 100” and “Top 200” accounting firms and the “IPA Best of the Best.”

  • 24 Sep 2015 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    It has been proven that music is good for your health. It can help with pain relief, stress relief and just lighten the mood.

    To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. Joseph is hosting a free community event filled with thoughtful and humorous music and stories from Joy Zimmerman, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and social worker. The concert is Thursday, October 8, 6-8 p.m., in the Community Center for Health and Education St. Joseph Medical Center (Interstate 435 and State Line Road)

    Joy believes in the power of music and shares insights from her own journey and years as a resilience group leader to help strengthen and celebrate our lives.

    Don’t miss this night and music and laughter. The event is free, but seating is limited. To make your reservation, call 816-943-2587.

  • 28 Aug 2015 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    The Grandview C-4 School District’s Board of Education announced today that Dr. Ralph Teran will retire from his position as Superintendent at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.  Dr. Teran has served as Superintendent of the district since 2006.   His dedicated leadership and strong commitment to student learning is best evidenced by significant improvement in student achievement.  As reflected in the district’s Annual Performance Report, the district scored in the Accredited with Distinction status for the past two years.  

    Additional accomplishments include putting MacBooks in the hands of every high school student in the district, establishing Grandview High School as an A+ designated school, keeping the focus on instruction during difficult budgetary times, strengthening community and business partnerships, and substantial facilities improvements through the passage of three bond issues.  

    “I am grateful to the Board of Education for being an outstanding collaborative team of seven caring, smart and dedicated leaders.  Likewise, Grandview C-4 staff members have impacted my life for the better in countless ways.  I am a better person and educator because of the great work they do,” said Teran.

    The Board recognizes and appreciates the Superintendent for all he has done for our students and schools, and wishes him great enjoyment in his future endeavors.  The Board voted to accept Dr. Teran’s retirement during its meeting on August 27, 2015.  Because of the timing of his announcement, the Board is in the best possible position to conduct a diligent search to find the right candidate to continue the district’s leadership.  The Board has already met to discuss its search for the future leadership of the district and will continue to update the community as well as provide opportunity for input during the search process.

  • 17 Aug 2015 1:10 PM | Anonymous

    KCSourceLink is taking its show on the road to better serve entrepreneurs and business owners in all parts of the metro area. KCSourceLink staff will office out of different Resource Partner locations every Tuesday afternoon to better serve each geographic area.

     "We've been talking with our KCSourceLink Resource Partners, and we think this will be a great way to bring the resources of the network to the entrepreneur, and to more actively promote our network of 240+ service providers," said Jenny Miller, KCSourceLink network builder.

     Office hours at the South KC Chamber office will be October 13th from 1-4 p.m. with no appointments necessary. KCSourceLink staff will meet with business owners, assess their needs and make referrals to the appropriate resources in the KCSourceLink network. Each person will leave with an action plan tailored to their individual situation. The network is made up of nonprofit, government and educational organizations whose services are typically low or no cost. The initial meet with KCSourceLink staff is free.

     This outreach is in addition to the referral services KCSourceLink provides through the hotline, 816.235.6500, and through the website,

     The entire schedule can be found at!-kcsourcelink-hosts-fall-traveling-office-hours

  • 17 Aug 2015 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    Avila University has been awarded a 2015-2020 TRIO Student Support Service  (SSS) Program grant of $1,000,000 or $220,000 per year from the U.S. Department of Education.

    The funding will allow Avila to better serve low-income and first-generation students who demonstrate academic need and are committed to enhancing their academic success. This assistance aligns with university’s mission, the pillars in Avila’s Strategic Plan for Student Success, and the Quality Initiative being pursued under the Higher Learning Commission, Avila’s accrediting agency.

     Avila University’s program, “Inspired to Achieve: A Student Support Services Program”, will serve 150 Avila students each year with peer and professional tutoring, academic advising, learning communities, mentoring, cultural and social activities and career exploration. Anticipated outcomes include raising retention rates, graduation rates and thus, increasing a student’s success in life.

     This is Avila’s inaugural TRIO SSS grant. To receive funding, Avila University had to go through an extremely competitive process, where only 17% of these grants are awarded to new programs.

     University president, Ronald Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA, humbly responds, “I am excited for the opportunities the TRIO Support Service Program grant will afford the students we are most called to serve.”

  • 17 Aug 2015 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    St Thomas More School is a Catholic elementary school for grades K-8. It is located in South Kansas City, Missouri, in a quiet residential area. The yearly enrollment is approximately 600. The class size is a maximum of 26 students. Students are encouraged to achieve their best and to participate in community service.

    Iowa Test of Basic Skills: By the time our students graduate STM in 8th grade our students are preforming at the 99th percentile in English/Language Arts and the 95th percentile in Math on the National scale

    Duke Talent Search: We have had over 90 students participate in this program over the last five years

    Experienced Teachers:

    • Over 68% of our teachers have a master’s degree
    • Our teachers have an average of 20 years of teaching experience

    Service Program:

    • Each grade level has an area of focus for their service to assure that each student has exposure to all aspects of service
    • Our students record over 5000 hours of service each school year

    All school Mass each Wednesday

    Enrichment activities: Choir, Band, Robotics, Speech Contest, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Junior Board, Student Council, School Talent Show

    Sports: Basketball, Football, Track and Volleyball


    • Each classroom Kindergarten through 5th grade have tablets (iPads and Kindle Fires) for students to use
    • Each classroom 6th through 8th grade have MacBook laptops for the students to use
    • We have a technology learning lab that 1st through 8th grade students attend to learn the skills necessary to operate a computer

    Anti-Bullying: We are a “Golden Rule” School utilizing the Olweus Anti-bullying program

    Tuition assistance available 

    Mission Statement

    Saint Thomas More School provides a safe learning environment in which I, as a unique child of God, strive to become the person God intends for me to be through academic achievement and acts of justice, love, and service based in our Catholic religious beliefs.

    Vision Statement

    Saint Thomas More School will strive to develop life-long learners with global awareness through a life style of faith, service and rigorous academics enriched by technology.

    Saint Thomas More School, a parish ministry, supports the parish mission statement by providing a welcoming environment to educate the whole child in the most appropriate manner insuring academic excellence. The school is fully accredited by both North Central/CASI as well as the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association.

    Our School provides instruction in preschool through grade eight. Special programs include the fully staffed resource room and counselor helping to ensure that special attention is given to each child.

    The curriculum provides daily instruction in the Catholic faith along with traditional subjects supplemented by an enriched fine arts curriculum including art, vocal and instrumental music, to approximately 600 students each year.

    Technology is emphasized in all aspects of classroom and student instruction. Classrooms are equipped with internet connections, classroom projection equipment and whole class student response systems.  Students are instructed in basic computer skills in the computer lab.

    Each grade level has three sections, allowing us to accommodate all parish members. Class size is limited to a maximum of 26 to 1. When possible, lower student-teacher ratios are maintained in primary grades.  Registration occurs in February each year.

    The STM School Sports program is part of the Parochial League of the Diocese of Kansas City~St. Joseph. Sports offered in this program include football, basketball, volleyball, soccer and track. Development of skills and sportsmanship are emphasized in the after school programs.

406 E. Bannister Road, Suite F
Kansas City, MO 64131-3028

Phone: (816) 761-7660
Fax: (816) 761-7340





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