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7/23/2019 9:00 AM

Board Presidents and Leadership Teams Summer Workshop (Hays)

7/30/2019 5:30 PM

Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards (Hiawatha)

7/30/2019 5:30 PM

Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards (Stafford)

7/31/2019 5:30 PM

Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards (Beloit)

8/1/2019 5:30 PM

Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards (Colby)

8/6/2019 9:00 AM

McREL Evaluation System Training: Principal & Teacher (Hays)

8/6/2019 5:30 PM

Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards (Greenbush)

8/6/2019 5:30 PM

Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards (McPherson)

8/7/2019 5:30 PM

Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards (Topeka)

8/7/2019 5:30 PM

Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards (Haysville)

8/13/2019 8:00 AM

KS State Board of Education Meeting

8/24/2019 8:00 AM

KASB Legislative Committee Meeting

8/24/2019 8:00 AM

KASB Board of Directors Meeting

8/30/2019 9:00 AM

Foundations of Boardsmanship (Andover)

9/5/2019 9:00 AM

Student Discipline Workshop (Salina)

9/18/2019 9:00 AM

Student Rights & Section 504 Legal Training (Sublette)

9/19/2019 9:00 AM

Student Rights & Section 504 Legal Training (Colby)

9/24/2019 9:00 AM

Student Rights & Section 504 Legal Training (Greenbush)

9/26/2019 9:00 AM

Student Rights & Section 504 Legal Training (Topeka)


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KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings start soon

KASB is hitting the road again for Summer Regional Roundtables that will give board members and district leaders the opportunity to discuss crucial education issues with their counterparts in area school districts.  Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and last no longer than three hours — providing plenty of time for sharing ideas on the following topics: school safety and security; school redesign and success; the 2020 Census; school funding post-Gannon and the upcoming legislative session; and issues and challenges unique to your district and area of the state.  “We designed these opportunities to build on the value of school board...

KASB files comments against FCC’s proposed E-Rate cap

KASB has filed comments opposing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to cap the federal E-Rate fund that helps schools and libraries obtain broadband internet services. The association also opposes capping the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Rural Health Fund.  The FCC has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish an overall cap on the USF, which is funded through fees on phone bills, and caps on the subsidiary E-Rate and Rural Health Care programs. The FCC is calling for comments on the proposal, which would would force the four programs funded under USF, including E-Rate, to...

Commissioner Watson’s `Talk-O Tuesday’ Twitter chat to focus on e-cigarette use

As schools prepare for the upcoming school year, many district leaders are confronting an increasing problem — the prevalence of e-cigarette use in teens. Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson and two other state officials will discuss this troubling trend during Watson’s “Talk-O Tuesday” event that is live-streamed on the Kansas State Department of Education’s Twitter account, @ksdehq, starting at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. There will also be time for questions and answers from those tuning in. Joining Watson will be Mark Thompson, a health and physical education program consultant for KSDE, and Jordan Roberts, youth prevention manager for the Kansas Department of...

Applications sought for 2019-2020 BOLD class

KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development), a leadership development opportunity for new superintendents (within the first two years in their position) and aspiring superintendents, is seeking applications the 2019-2020 class.  Application deadline is Sept. 13, 2019. The 2019-2020 class will be announced by Sept. 23, 2019, and the first class session is scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18, 2019.  Participants will be selected based on their current role in their district. Aspiring superintendents or new superintendents (within first couple of years) will be given first consideration. Gender, ethnicity, district size, and region of the state will also be considered to achieve...

KASB offers leadership workshops

KASB will conduct a Board President and Leadership Team workshop in Hays next week and is offering to come to districts to provide future sessions. The workshops are designed for board presidents, vice presidents, clerks and superintendents to help them manage challenges, deal with legal issues, bring on new board members and provide a quality board agenda. In addition to the Hays meeting on Tuesday, one is scheduled for Aug. 8 in Topeka. However, more sessions in which KASB officials come to your district are available by contacting Brian Jordan, KASB’s deputy executive director of leadership services. His email address is bjordan@kasb.org....

Gov. Kelly appoints three to Board of Regents, including a school superintendent

Gov. Laura Kelly has made three appointments to the Kansas Board of Regents, including a current school superintendent, Shelly Kiblinger of Cherryvale. Kiblinger will be joined on the board by Cheryl Harrison-Lee, of Gardner, and Jon Rolph, Wichita.  Kiblinger currently serves as superintendent of Cherryvale USD 447. Kiblinger previously served as superintendent of Hutchinson USD 308, from 2011-2017, and prior to that, served as assistant superintendent of Garden City USD 457. She holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University.  Harrison-Lee recently served...

Federal grants available for trauma and dyslexia

The United States Department of Education has announced two new competitive grant programs.  The “Trauma Recovery Demonstration Grant Program” competitive grants seek to support “model programs that enable a student a from a low-income family who has experienced trauma that negatively affects the student’s educational experience to access the trauma-specific mental-health services from the provider that best meets the student’s needs.” The estimated funds available for this program total $5 million. Applications for this grant program are due on August 14; further information is available here.    The “Model Demonstration Projects for Early Identification of Students with Dyslexia in Elementary School” program...

How KASB determines legislative policy positions

KASB is seeking input from members on advocacy issues and position. It’s a process that begins with recommendations from school leaders and members school boards. The KASB Legislative Committee considers new ideas and changes in current positions and takes feedback from KASB members before developing recommendations to the KASB Delegate Assembly. The Assembly has the final vote on KASB positions. A detailed description of the process follows. KASB welcomes members to share their ideas, concerns and proposals with their representative on the Legislative Committee or KASB, and the KASB Regional Roundtables beginning later this month. Here is a link to current...

IDEA workshops focus on advocacy and legal hot topics

KASB will offer three August workshops to prepare board members for a crucial national push to reauthorize and modernize the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).   The identical workshops on August 27-29 in Topeka, Dodge City and Salina, will feature advocacy tips from a top D.C. lobbyist, guidance from KASB’s expert staff and leadership, and a briefing on the critical impact of the 2020 U.S. Census on special education funding. KASB General Counsel Donna Whiteman will offer an afternoon of important legal programming. Go here to register for one of the workshops.  Each workshop will kick off with a brief overview of perhaps the best opportunity in recent memory to fully fund the IDEA, which was enacted in the 1970s. Congress promised to pay for 40 percent of the cost to educate a...

Safety Workshops Rescheduled

KASB’s School Safety workshops planned for this week and early August have been rescheduled to September.   “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools” will take place in McPherson on September 10; on September 11 in Colby; and in Olathe on September 12.   Click here for information on these and other KASB workshops. 

Broadband Task Force Sub-Committee on Deployment discusses barriers

The Statewide Broadband Task Force that was formed by the 2018 Legislature continues to work on developing recommendations to help expand access throughout the state.  The subcommittee on “Deployment” met Friday for review and discussions around a few key charges.  Andy Huckaba, City Council of Lenexa presented information about the work that is being done at the federal level to promote support for expansion including model legislation that came out of a working group established by the Federal Communications Commission called the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC).  Discussion then focused on getting a better picture of the many different federal programs that can support the expansion...

Vaping Task Force gears up for school year

The state Task Force on Vaping/E-Cigarettes in Schools met in Topeka on Monday to continue its work to help schools respond to what many educators say is an “explosive” increase in the use of the addictive devices.  The Task Force was established at the direction of the Kansas State Board of Education following a May presentation by public health officials that shocked the state board members. They directed the immediate formation of a Work Group to develop recommendations by June. The work group has now evolved into a permanent Task Force that will make monthly progress presentations to the State Board; KASB Assistant Executive Director of Legal Services Angie Stallbaumer represents the association on the task force.    The...