Our Purpose

  • The purpose of our Communications Department is to foster relationships with internal and external stakeholders while outlining ways the district will inform and promote Holden R-III School District. The end result will be an inclusiveness we hope will encourage two-way communications and build trust with our community.

    Communications Expectations
    Our district strives to communicate from the inside out. As the saying goes, “go to the source.” We encourage our parents and community to do the same - start with the person closest to the topic, issue, concern and then, if you need to ask further questions or get more clarification, move to the next level. Social media is never our first place to communicate important information to parents - we work to contact parents directly - phone, text, or email first. We’d encourage parents and community members to do the same.

    I have a question/concern/suggestion….where do I start?
    First Contact: Your student’s teacher

    Access phone numbers and email addresses in our District Directory

    If your concern impacts the safety of our students and staff, please call the building principal directly (see below) and/or the Police Department 

    • HES: Sarah Burks, Principal (816) 732-6071
    • HMS: Chris Lake, Principal (816) 732-4125
    • HHS: Joe Parkhurst, Principal (816) 732-5523

School Closings & AMI

  • When a decision to close school has been made by the superintendent, the district will use the following means in the following order to announce this information:

    1. A recorded announcement, text message, and email will be sent via SchoolMessenger to the families of all students.
    2. Notification will be placed on the district's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
    3. Notification will be made to KC-metro television news stations.

    Late Start or Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI) may also be utilized. To find out more about AMI, visit: https://www.holdenschools.org/Page/3286

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Communications Coordinator

  • Bekki Currier, Communications Coordinator, joined the Holden Eagle team in October 2018. She serves as one of the main community connections within the school district, attending many civic and city organization meetings. Bekki produces the printed district newsletter, manages the school social media pages, photographs school events, sends communications to families, coordinates bond and levy information, creates media releases, and maintains the district website and app.


    (816) 850-4444 x 5220