KASB Board president passes the gavel; board receives numerous updates, reports

KASB Board of Directors President Dayna Miller passed the gavel to incoming Board President C. Patrick Woods on Saturday.  

The event marked the ceremonial end of Miller’s one-year term as president while Woods’ term officially starts July 1. Miller is a member of the Basehor Linwood USD 458 school board, while Woods is a member of the Topeka USD 501 board.  

Shannon Kimball, Lawrence USD 497, will move up to the President-Elect position. The KASB Nominating Committee is seeking applications for nominations to serve as President-Elect Designee. 

Applications for the position must be emailed or postmarked by Aug. 30. Additional information and the application form is available at www.kasb.org/nominating. 

Miller thanked the board and staff and said she learned a lot during the past year about public school operations statewide. Woods said he looked forward to continuing the excellent work of the board and association.  

Also, at the meeting, KASB’s Mark Tallman received the prestigious Governor’s Award of 2018 from the Kansas State High School Activities Association for his outstanding contributions to education in Kansas.   

The presentation was made by KSHSAA Executive Director Gary Musselman. Tallman, associate executive director with responsibility for advocacy, communications and research, has been with KASB since 1990.   

During the KASB quarterly board meeting, members approved the 2018-19 budget, the Workers Compensation Administrative Contract and received updates and reports on numerous initiatives, policies and events.  

In other business: 

  • KASB Board member Frank Henderson, who is the Western Region Director of the National School Board Association, provided an update on NSBA activities, including the organization’s emphasis on equity in K-12 education to help all students succeed. 

“Everything we do at NSBA from this point forward will have equity embedded in it in some way,” Henderson said. 

  • KASB Executive Director John Heim led the board through a learning exercise to prepare for the August board meeting when the board will conduct a strategic planning process.  

In addition, Heim reviewed KASB highlights from the year, which included adding staff in Risk Management, expansion by the advocacy staff in disseminating information, launching a new website, building more sponsorships, starting the BOLD and the Employee Benefits Solution programs, celebrating KASB’s 100th anniversary, hosting the nine-state regional, facilities upgrades, and stabilizing the pension plan. 

  • Kansas State Department of Education’s Jay Scott, who has been working with the “Mercury 7” school redesign districts gave the board an update on the project. 

Scott said the goal of the redesign project was to fashion the education system around the needs of individual students instead of forcing students to fit into an education system. 

The schools are developing systems that focus on student success skills with an emphasis on social and emotional growth; family, business and community partnerships; personalized learning and real-world application. The schools will be making presentations this week to the State Board of Education and the KASB Board discussed the possibility of also scheduling presentations. 

  • Tallman, Advocacy Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter and Governmental Relations Specialist Rob Gilligan presented the board with an update on advocacy issues, the summer advocacy tour and the upcoming election. 
  • Assistant Executive Director of Operations and Leadership Services Randy Weseman provided a pension update and reports on the close-out budget and new budget. 

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