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“Local school boards, more than any other elected office, have the opportunity to help every child achieve their potential. As we all know, education is the one capital asset that, once acquired, never ceases to pay dividends to the holder.” Read more from KASB President C. Patrick Woods on the game-changing role of a local school board member. 

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KASB President’s Perspective: Your service on local school board will change the future

By C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 When most people think of elected officials, they think of the Governor, their member of Congress, or their state legislators. These high-profile elected offices are no doubt important; they make the policy that governs our state’s institutions, like our systems for public safety, health and human services, and public finance, just to name a few. However, there are many other critical elected offices at the local level of government which, as your high school government teacher always taught, actually have a more direct effect on your life as an individual.  As a [...]

School boards now have new options to elect officers and set meetings

Substitute for Senate Bill 130 has become law by publication in the Kansas Register on April 25, 2019. This bill revised several statutes, but, most notably for our members, it revised K.S.A. 72-1133 and K.S.A. 72-1138 on electing a president and vice president of the school board and on setting regular board meeting dates and times, respectively. These tasks, traditionally done in the first organizational meeting in July, are now to be completed in the first meeting of the board on or after the second Monday in January of each year, or at a later meeting during that calendar year [...]

Leadership for Tomorrow class learns powerful lessons in southeast Kansas

By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program visited Coffeyville and Neodesha in May for powerful lessons about school redesign, community partnerships, and change theory. More than 200 school board members, superintendents and administrators have participated in LFT over the past 13 years. Visits to local schools, classroom observations and presentations provide a foundation for class discussion and analysis of issues and opportunities in Kansas education. Class members explore change theories and strategies, gain training in leadership skills and expand their understanding of education key issues for effective governance and raising student achievement. `Empathy education’ in Coffeyville Coffeyville USD 445 is one [...]

Enthusiastic discussion on early childhood services

An enthusiastic crowd of about 80 people participated in a discussion in Overland Park on the future of early childhood services in Kansas. The meeting was part of a statewide tour by officials to gather public input on the availability of programs and gaps in assistance for young Kansans and their families. Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, said the purpose of the effort was to put together a plan that “gives each Kansas child the best possible start.” She said Kansas should focus on the healthy development of children in the early stages of their [...]

State officials gathering information to form early childhood strategic plan

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org When it comes to providing early childhood education and health care, the earlier the better. That’s why Kansas officials are holding public meetings to gather input on what early childhood services are available in communities across the state and how improvements can be made in the quality of and access to those services. The goal of the “community engagement sessions” is to put together a statewide plan that covers all facets of the early growing years — learning, health care, child care, family resources and many other areas. Once a plan is put together, it will be aired out [...]

Gov. Kelly signs budget that includes increased school funding; line-item vetoes several education-related programs

Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday signed into law the state budget, which includes a $90 million increase for K-12 to address the school finance case before the Kansas Supreme Court, and made several education-related line-item vetoes. “There is a lot to celebrate in this state budget,” Kelly said. “We can accomplish so much good for the people of Kansas when reckless tax policy does not leave our state embroiled in a perpetual budget crisis. I appreciate the bipartisan work of lawmakers to pass a budget that takes meaningful strides to rebuild Kansas – including investments in public education, public safety, [...]

KASB 2019 Annual Conference Call for Presentations open

Apply online at www.kasb.org/CFP2019 Deadline: July 12, 2019 The KASB Annual Conference is the association’s flagship event, providing intensive learning and networking experiences that bring together hundreds of Kansas board of education members, school district leaders and content experts. KASB is seeking engaging, creative and thoughtful submissions from KASB MEMBERS for the 2019 Annual Conference. The 60-minute presentations will be given on Saturday, December 7. At least one quarter of the program should be devoted to questions and answers. In designing your program, consider using any one of the following formats: single speaker, panel, or some other program structure. If there is more [...]

New edition of KASB School Board Review is available

The new issue of School Board Review is available and features stories on the emphasis on early childhood services, a call for school board service as the candidate filing deadline nears, a wrap up of the legislative session and a look at what’s on the horizon for educators. The June issue is available here online and will be mailed out early next week. The edition also contains advice for school boards to reflect on what they did the past year to drive student success, a preview of the new task force that will recommend ways to address bullying, analyses of trends [...]

Former school board members emphasize importance of service

With the June 3 deadline approaching to file to run for school board, an enthusiastic group of potential candidates met in Lawrence on Thursday to talk about board service with KASB Deputy Executive Director Doug Moeckel and Lawrence USD 497 Superintendent Anthony Lewis.  Former Lawrence board members Rich Minder and Cindy Yulich also emphasized the importance of board service.  Minder said school boards govern an organization that shapes the minds of children. “I couldn’t think of anything more noble than that,” he said. He said school boards synthesize the values of the community into the public school system.  Of her time on [...]

State auditors start work on at-risk funding audit

The Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit has started work on an audit evaluating K-12 at-risk funding. The audit was ordered under the recently approved school finance law, SB 16, and is expected to be finished in December for legislators to consider during the 2020 session. School districts must use at-risk funding to provide additional educational services to students who are at risk of academic failure. In the 2017-18 school year, the state provided $415 million in total at-risk funding to school districts. The audit will look into the method used to count the number of at-risk students; how districts spend at-risk [...]

KASB conducting meetings tonight in Lawrence, Gardner for potential school board candidates

With the June 3 deadline approaching to file to run for school board, KASB will hold two meetings tonight for those interested in serving on their local board. KASB Deputy Executive Director Doug Moeckel will conduct a meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Lawrence at the USD 497 Education Support Center, 110 McDonald Dr. And KASB Assistant Executive Director for Leadership Services Brian Jordan will conduct a meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Gardner at the Gardner-Edgerton USD 231 board office, 231 E. Madison St. The meetings will provide information to those who are wanting to run for school board. Moeckel and Jordan [...]

Farm to School program provides healthy meals, ag education

Fruit is sweeter close to home. That’s what school officials hear from students when they buy watermelon and other fruit from nearby farms. Officials and students from several districts praised the “Farm to School” initiative in a presentation Tuesday to the State Board of Education. The program connects schools with local farms in order to serve nutritious meals and give students hands-on opportunities to grow gardens, raise farm animals and learn how to cook. “These are truly living, breathing classrooms,” said Jenny Lazarus, outdoor education coordinator of Lawrence USD 497. Students are learning where their food comes from and to eat healthy, she [...]