Inaugural BOLD class gathers

The inaugural KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development) class gathered this week to launch the organization’s latest service for new and aspiring superintendents. The program is similar to KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program, but focuses on the financial, facilities and planning side of leading a school district. Class members are drawn from 18 large and small school districts from around the state.  

KASB Assistant Executive Director of Operations Randy Weseman said BOLD was developed in response to an increasing number of requests for assistance from Kansas school district administrators who must juggle not only their daily interactions with students, staff and the community but also building and facilities planning, school security, transportation, running a school food service program, and more. “The Leadership Services staff realized there is an urgent need for this kind of training,” Weseman said. “We’ll explore the operations and management side of school district leadership, which is not something you traditionally learn when you’re training to be a district administrator or principal.” 

Jay Ensley is a principal in Mulvane USD 263. He said much of the training school administrators receive is focused on institutional leadership, which is critical. “But sometimes the operations management side kind of blindsides you, so this is a great opportunity to learn… and prepare as best we can.” 

The class met Tuesday in Blue Valley USD 229 for a tour of its Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). Following the tour, KASB Prestigious Partner k12itc facilitated a panel presentation on “the good, the bad and the ugly” of school district technology management featuring current and former administrators along with KASB Leadership Services field specialist and former Derby superintendent Craig Wilford. 

The BOLD class will spend Wednesday in DeSoto USD 232. Future sessions will be in Overland Park, Spring Hill, central Kansas, Lawrence and Topeka.  

For more information on the BOLD program, or to apply for next year’s class, contact Dr. Brian Jordan at bjordan@kasb.org or 800-432-2471. 

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