Author - Andrea Hartzell

Cole new KASB Region 3 vice president

Kevin ColeLabette County USD 506KASB Region 3 Vice President How long have you been a school board member? Three years and two years as Vice President of USD 506. I also serve as a three-year board member and two-year Vice President of the SEK Interlocal. Why did you decide to become a board member? My wife, her mother and father are lifelong educators. I appreciated their commitment to impacting lives positively in their daily interactions. All educators change and mold the lives of the students they teach. Educators need advocates for the work they perform and I wanted to be a leader [...]

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Annual PR program has three key parts

By G. Kent Stewart, School Admin Prof. Emeritus, KSU, bcsgks1@cox.net This series on district level public relations activities concludes with this issue of School Board Review. It has surely been my pleasure to share with you during the past year. In the most recent issue, we looked briefly at one proven model for evaluating the PR program. It’s now time to write your district PR activities for the coming year. That is, put the plan on paper. Since district level PR activities may occur all year, the annual plan can be based on a July through June fiscal year or the [...]

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KASB projects slight enrollment decline

by Ted Carter, tcarter@kasb.org KASB’s annual enrollment projection indicates enrollment numbers will gradually decline from 499,034 in 2018-19 to 490,383 in 2023-24, which is a 1.7 percent decline in overall enrollment. The following table shows the total numbers for each year and the percent change from the previous year: KASB’s estimate does not take into consideration things such as commercial and residential development or other factors that could influence increases or decreases in student enrollment within public school districts. A ratio is calculated between county-level live birth rates and first grade enrollment within each district seven years later across the most recent [...]

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KASB Leadership Academy gives awards

Three Kansas boards of education have earned top honors in the 2018 KASB Leadership Academy, and a total of 629 individual Level 1 or Level 2 certificates were awarded for participation in training. The awards were announced recently by the Kansas Association of School Boards. “This recognition highlights the great commitment all of our board members and administrators exhibit to the improvement of student success in Kansas,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB executive director.

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President’s Perspective: Early resolution needed to school finance

by C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 Greetings fellow board members. It’s that time again – the Legislature has returned; the inauguration of the new governor has occurred; and the 2019 legislative session has begun. This year, as in every year past, education is atop the list of hot topics the Legislature and the new governor must address. You’ll recall there is a current case at the Kansas Supreme Court concerning school finance, Gannon v. State of Kansas, which called into question the state’s adherence to the constitutional requirement for adequate and equitable school finance. You’ll also recall that last session the [...]

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SBR: Distributions, deviations, ranges, oh my!

by Ted Carter, tcarter@kasb.org Recently, I shared an article on averages and how they can be misleading. This article will expand on that and talk about how the nature of the data being represented can have a huge impact on the averages being discussed. Previously, we talked about the mean (the mathematical average calculated by adding up all the numbers and dividing by the count of numbers), the median (the middle number in a series of numbers), and the mode (the most commonly occurring number). The things we will talk about today could impact all three of these types of averages, but [...]

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SBR: Preparing for 2019 Legislative Session

Education leaders should reach out to legislators By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org With the close of the 2018 general election season, Kansas school leaders are turning their sights toward the 2019 Legislative Session. A new Governor — Democrat Laura Kelly, who ran on a pledge to be “the education governor” — will have to reach across the aisle to work with a Republican-controlled Legislature whose leaders have not always been friendly to public education. Furthermore, the House of Representatives will welcome 30 new members, roughly one fourth of that body. So, what should school board members and other advocates do to prepare for [...]

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SBR: Stewart: Evaluate public relations activities

By G. Kent Stewart, School Admin Prof. Emeritus, KSU, bcsgks1@cox.net During the past 10 months we have talked about public relations activities practiced at the central office level. While most PR activity occurs at the school building level, those utilized by the central office are critically important from the standpoint of developing understandings that engender advocacy. About every three years PR activities should be evaluated. Something similar to a focus group is an effective low-cost evaluation method, and it doesn’t require much time. Barry Flinchbaugh, long-time professor of agricultural economics at KSU, believed community power structure could be charted on a pyramid [...]

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President’s Perspective: ‘Keep it simple’ is a winning equation

by C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 As we head into the holidays, my mind drifts back to the music that I associate with the season. During Christmas, my family would often play music by artists from the Motown Record Label, such as The Temptations, The Jackson 5, etc. We were not alone in our love of Motown. Throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Motown was a virtual hit factory, discovering talent in every corner of the country. Many record labels tried to emulate the Motown success. Legendary music executive and Motown founder, Berry Gordy, had a maxim to which he [...]

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SBR: Painting by numbers: a portrait of KASB data

by Ted Carter, tcarter@kasb.org Recently, my title was changed from “Research Specialist” to “Chief Data Officer.” This was a change I proposed and was accepted based on an awareness that the nature of my position here at KASB has changed, but more than that, I believe it reflects an awareness that the nature of how we as an organization deal with data is changing. The “Chief Data Officer” position is not new in the business world, but it is one that is gaining attention as the data assets that organizations have to manage become more and more important. So, what exactly is [...]

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