Board President: Kimberlee Ried

Kimberlee Ried

6117 North Mattox Road
Kansas City, MO 64151

Joined Board: 2017
Current Term: 

About Me:

I am a lifelong Kansas City resident and grew up attending public schools in south Kansas City. My husband, Erik, and I have a son who is a student in the Park Hill School District. I hold a bachelor’s degree in history, with emphasis in sociology and cultural anthropology, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University; and a master’s degree in communications and leadership from Park University.

Since 2003, I have been employed by the federal government at the National Archives and Records Administration (an independent agency). I coordinate public programs and outreach as a part of our agency’s National Education and Public Programs Team. This includes oversight of public affairs, programming, communications, outreach and partnership development for our region, which covers Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Previously, I worked as a Youth Services Librarian at a local public library.

I’m a past president of Missouri Library Association and have volunteered with several organizations that benefit our Park Hill students, including Wonderscope Children’s Museum and Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri. In 2014, I was appointed as a co-editor of the Teaching with Documents compilations for Social Education, the National Council on Social Studies peer-reviewed professional journal.


Within my community volunteer work, I am actively involved with the Harvest Ball Society; Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City Art Institute Fireside Committee; Lyric Opera of Kansas City/Lyric Opera Circle; and the Unicorn Theater. 


There are many great things about the Park Hill District, but what impresses me the most is how much the faculty and staff care about student success and quality of education. I’ve talked with many educators in our district, and all have an underlying goal around ensuring high-quality education for every student. That level of caring for student welfare is amazing and never to be taken for granted.

The Most Rewarding Experience as a Member of the Board: 

As the newest Board member, I anticipate that the experience of working together with a team toward the shared Comprehensive School Improvement Plan goals will be a great opportunity to impact student achievement. This is a district that takes continuous improvement seriously and is constantly assessing and evaluating its programs to ensure that all students are successful. I look forward to seeing that in action on a day-to-day basis.

Critical Issues Facing the Park Hill school district:

Our biggest challenges are our greatest opportunities. The unprecedented growth in the district has provided us with an opportunity to expand the number of buildings, which we are able to do in a very budget-wise manner due to prudent budgeting of years past. In addition, changes in policy at the state and federal levels will provide more opportunity for critical thinking, research and smart decision-making toward offering programs and services that meet all of our students’ needs. The next few years will be crucial as we examine changes in how education is best obtained and delivered.