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Derby USD 260 shares 2018 bond election path to success during final KASB BOLD class session

The  path followed by Derby USD 260 to the successful passage of a $114 million bond issue was shared during the closing session for this year’s KASB BOLD class last Friday.  This was the sixth and final session for the 2019 KASB BOLD Class which met June 13 and 14 in Derby.  BOLD, Business Operations Leadership Development, focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around the following topics: building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management. The class includes administrators from KASB members across the state.  Derby’s school bond election...

KASB Statement on Kansas Supreme Court’s Gannon decision

Today is an historic day in Kansas public school education history. Today’s decision by the Kansas Supreme Court to uphold SB 16 will provide funding certainty for our public schools while also helping ensure the state’s multiyear commitment becomes reality. KASB applauds Gov. Laura Kelly, legislators, the State Board of Education and education advocates who have supported Kansas schools throughout this litigation and school districts that fought tirelessly for the level of K-12 commitment required by the Kansas Constitution. Kansas schools already are redesigning their operations to focus on early education, social-emotional growth, careers and civic engagement and Kansas academic standards are...

Kansas Supreme Court upholds school finance law; retains jurisdiction

The Kansas Supreme Court today said the Kansas Legislature had “substantially complied” with its order to add an inflation adjustment to the multi-year funding plan approved last year. But the court said it will retain jurisdiction over the Gannon case to ensure the Legislature complies with that plan.  The 2018 Legislature adopted a plan to increase foundational state aid per pupil over a five-year phase-in period designed to restore funding to the 2009 level, adjusted for inflation. In response the court found that method acceptable to provide constitutionally suitable funding but ruled that the Legislature needed to provide additional funding...

Kansas teens urged to share thoughts on how to stop bullying

Kansas students are being asked to share their thoughts on bullying as the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying Prevention prepares for its second meeting on Tuesday in Garden City. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Horace Good Middle School, 1412 N. Main St. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and there will be a public comment session offered at each regional site meeting. The meetings will include presentations on bullying and bullying statistics and data. Public input can be submitted in writing or presented verbally. Written comments, which will be read during the...

BOLD class discusses risk management profiles, health insurance market transparency

The sixth and final session for the 2019 KASB BOLD class got underway Thursday, hosted by Derby USD 265. BOLD, Business Operations Leadership Development, focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around the following topics: building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management. The class includes administrators from KASB members across the state.

Gannon decision to be released tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.; KASB Live at 12:30 p.m.

The Kansas Supreme Court tomorrow will issue its decision in the long running Gannon school finance lawsuit. The court sent out a notice that its decision will be released at or shortly after 9:30 a.m. The decision will be available on the court’s recent and published opinions page here. KASB is planning a live webinar at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow to provide analysis of the decision. The State of Kansas has asked the court to accept SB 16, which was approved during the last legislative session, as an adequate response to the court’s previous ruling to add an inflation factor to earlier...

KASB office closed June 19

Due to construction, KASB’s Topeka office will be closed on Wednesday, June 19.    Staff members will be working and can be reached by email or phone; you may call 785-273-3600 and use the “dial by name” option.   The Clerks and Treasurers Workshop will take place as scheduled at the Washburn Institute of Technology

State Board endorses Students Serve campaign

The Kansas State Board of Education has endorsed a new “Students Serve” initiative to recruit high school students as poll workers. The campaign dovetails with the State Board’s push for increased civic engagement among Kansas students.  Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab oversees election activities in the state; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Communications and Policy Katie Koupal is leading the Students Serve effort. KASB, KNEA, USA-Kansas and the Kansas State High School Activities Association are program partners.  Koupal said county clerks and election officers asked the Secretary for help recruiting student workers. High school students age 16 and above...

State Board accepts vaping recommendations

The Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday endorsed the recommendations of its Work Group on Vaping/E-Cigarettes in School. In addition to immediate prevention measures, the group proposed the Board support a formal Task Force to continue work on the issue. At its May meeting, the Board heard a report on an explosive increase in the number of young people using e-cigarettes, a practice commonly called “vaping,” which can deliver high quantities of nicotine and other harmful chemicals through a liquid. One popular device uses pods that contain the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. The pods...

Secretary of State announces Students Serve campaign

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office announced Tuesday a new “Students Serve” campaign to encourage high school students to serve as poll workers in upcoming elections. KASB is a partner in the initiative. Deputy Secretary of State Katie Koupal rolled out the campaign at the Kansas State Board of Education’s June meeting. Koupal said county clerks and election officials have asked for more young people to supplement the current ranks of poll workers. ”This is exciting,” said State Board Chair Kathy Busch, who noted the campaign dovetails with the Board’s civic engagement outcome. “I’m looking forward to getting these materials out...

KASB Legal Departments provides options for school board leadership elections

A change in state law on the timing of school board officer elections means boards will have to choose whether to extend the terms of current officers or hold a new election of officers to serve until January or until the meeting the board designates in its January meeting for holding elections. The 2019 Legislature passed House Substitute for SB 130, which moves the date when school boards elect officers and set their meeting dates from the first meeting in July to the first meeting after the second Monday in January, the date board members elected in November take office....

Board of directors June meeting includes strategic planning report, budget approval

The KASB Board of Directors met June 8 in Topeka for its regular business meeting. The board is comprised of 15 regional vice-presidents, elected by their board of education peers, and the executive committee comprised of the president, immediate past president and president-elect. Two non voting members of the board are the president-elect designee and the NSBA Western Region Vice-President. The board discussed and heard reports on the following: Dr. Brian Jordan, deputy director, reviewed staff progress on the KASB 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. Following a retreat by the association’s executive staff in March, a number of modifications are under way regarding...