Author - Andrea Hartzell

SBR: Deadline August 23, 2019 for Annual Publications Contest

KASB and the Kansas School Public Relations Association are accepting entries for the co-sponsored annual contest recognizing top publications produced by Kansas school districts, cooperatives and vocational-technical schools. Entries must be from KASB members and received by midnight Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Publications produced between July. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 are eligible. Awards will presented during the KanSPRA Annual Conference Oct. 24-25, 2019 in Topeka, Kansas. For more information on the contest and submission details see kasb.org/awards. CLICK HERE to Download the August 2019 SBR.

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SBR: ‘Tis the season to send KASB your data

As we look toward the end of the summer and the beginning of a new school year, we find ourselves playing the reset game. Resetting classrooms, resetting our expectations for a new school cycle, and resetting our data. Okay, so maybe not everyone worries about that last one. But KASB does. The Kansas Association of School Boards is one of the only school board associations in the nation that conducts annual data collections from its members and then shares that information with its members for comparison. This is a value-added service school districts in other states do not have access...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Many decisions await board members who ‘faithfully discharge’ their duties

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 By the time this article hits your mailboxes, local election season will be upon us, with primaries on August 6 and the general election on November 5. Thinking back to my very first school board meeting in 2011, I remember feeling excited and nervous as our county clerk stood to administer the oath of office to me and three other new board members. When we are sworn in, we repeat those words after the clerk, sit down, and get right to business. We may or may not reflect closely upon the words of the oath...

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KASB building undergoing renovations

Like many Kansas school buildings, KASB headquarters in Topeka had aged into needing major renovations. So, starting at the end of May, workers invaded the building to turn back 32 years of deferred maintenance. “It’s a complete retrofit,” said Randy Weseman, KASB’s assistant executive director for operations and leadership services. In addition to home base for KASB staff, the nearly 39,000-square foot facility houses several other tenants and is frequently used by school officials and organizations from across the state for meetings and events. “Our building is extensively used by our member districts and we want to make sure that at our trainings...

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KASB board of directors hears progress on strategic planning, approves budget

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. 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 service and support of members. One highlight will...

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Highlights from 2018-19 KASB BOLD Final Session

[Read Related Story Here] Derby USD 260 hosted the final session for this year’s BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development) Class on June 13 and 14. The class spent the first afternoon learning from KASB Risk Management Group’s Rod Spangler and Jeremy Woydziak. A panel discussing health insurance benefits included Kati Wolfgang, Wamego USD 320 director of human resources, Russ Miller, Andover USD 385 assistant superintendent for human resources, Matt Morford Newton USD 373 director of business services, and Larry Lyder, Lakin USD 215 superintendent of schools. A second panel joined the group to discuss district risk management profiles with a focus...

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Graduation day for BOLD class

[Read Related Story Here] The KASB BOLD Class of 2018-2019 graduated June 14 following a year-long program that included sessions on building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management. This is the second year for KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development). Participants are selected through an application process, with aspiring superintendents or new superintendents (within first couple of years) given first consideration. The 2018-2019 class included 17 members who participated in sessions lead by KASB staff and guest speakers, including outstanding school leaders and subject matter experts from across...

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KASB seeks applications for president-elect designee

The KASB Nominating Committee is seeking applications for nominations to serve as KASB president-elect designee. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by 5 p.m. Aug. 29. The position will be up for election Dec. 8 at the annual KASB Convention. Candidates will be scheduled for a one-hour interview by the Nominating Committee on Sept. 7. All interviews and deliberations are confidential. The president-elect designee serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of directors until assuming the office of president-elect. The KASB board of directors meets five times a year with most meetings held at the KASB office in Topeka....

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Student safety, leadership training among upcoming KASB workshops

In the aftermath of school shootings, parents and educators are searching for ways to stop the tragedies. Perhaps not surprisingly, new data reveal districts nationwide are spending billions of dollars hardening their buildings with increased security measures and the latest surveillance technology. KASB’s Randy Weseman, a former school superintendent, however, offers research and timely data that suggest the best way to address violence in schools is to implement evidence-based models of threat assessment to mitigate and ultimately prevent school violence. That involves opening up lines of communication and trust between schools and law enforcement, within buildings between staff, students and parents, and...

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School board leadership elections in July

On April 25, 2019 Sub. for S.B. 130 became the law in Kansas. The new law changes the date school boards elect their board president and vice‐president and changes the date when the board sets the annual meeting dates and locations. The prior law required school boards to elect their president and vice president and set their annual meeting dates and times at the first board meeting in July. The new law now requires boards of education to decide when they are going to elect their board president and vice president and set their meeting dates and times at the first...

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