Author - Andrea Hartzell

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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KASB President’s Perspective: Hope for recovery in funding, teacher pay

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 Greetings! It is my honor and privilege to serve as your Association president this year. I have been fortunate to learn from past president Patrick Woods’ leadership throughout this last year, as well as former past president Dayna Miller and incoming president-elect Lori Blake. I thank each of them for their dedicated service to KASB, and I know together our leadership team will work hard to ensure KASB successfully meets the needs of our members and continues to be the leading voice of public education in Kansas. I am serving my eighth year on my...

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School boards now have new options to elect officers and set meetings

Substitute for Senate Bill 130 has become law by publication in the Kansas Register on April 25, 2019. This bill revised several statutes, but, most notably for our members, it revised K.S.A. 72-1133 and K.S.A. 72-1138 on electing a president and vice president of the school board and on setting regular board meeting dates and times, respectively. These tasks, traditionally done in the first organizational meeting in July, are now to be completed in the first meeting of the board on or after the second Monday in January of each year, or at a later meeting during that calendar year...

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Leadership for Tomorrow class learns powerful lessons in southeast Kansas

By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program visited Coffeyville and Neodesha in May for powerful lessons about school redesign, community partnerships, and change theory. More than 200 school board members, superintendents and administrators have participated in LFT over the past 13 years. Visits to local schools, classroom observations and presentations provide a foundation for class discussion and analysis of issues and opportunities in Kansas education. Class members explore change theories and strategies, gain training in leadership skills and expand their understanding of education key issues for effective governance and raising student achievement. `Empathy education’ in Coffeyville Coffeyville USD 445 is one...

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State officials gathering information to form early childhood strategic plan

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org When it comes to providing early childhood education and health care, the earlier the better. That’s why Kansas officials are holding public meetings to gather input on what early childhood services are available in communities across the state and how improvements can be made in the quality of and access to those services. The goal of the “community engagement sessions” is to put together a statewide plan that covers all facets of the early growing years — learning, health care, child care, family resources and many other areas. Once a plan is put together, it will be aired out...

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KASB 2019 Annual Conference Call for Presentations open

Apply online at www.kasb.org/CFP2019 Deadline: July 12, 2019 The KASB Annual Conference is the association’s flagship event, providing intensive learning and networking experiences that bring together hundreds of Kansas board of education members, school district leaders and content experts. KASB is seeking engaging, creative and thoughtful submissions from KASB MEMBERS for the 2019 Annual Conference. The 60-minute presentations will be given on Saturday, December 7. At least one quarter of the program should be devoted to questions and answers. In designing your program, consider using any one of the following formats: single speaker, panel, or some other program structure. If there is more...

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KASB offers`insurance with a purpose’

By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org What if your school district could protect itself against risk AND give back to public education? KASB’s Risk Management Group products offer precisely that opportunity. “We like to call our work ‘insurance with a purpose,’” says Risk Management Group Director Rod Spangler. “Every dollar districts spend on our products goes back out to support student success. No one in this market is in service to education like we are.” KASB for decades has offered districts workers’ compensation, property casualty and student accident insurance. With the recent addition of Employee Benefit Solutions, Spangler says the organization has the capacity...

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Kelly wants review of state tax structure; Education leaders should be involved

By Scott Rothschild srothschild@kasb.org Gov. Laura Kelly says she wants to examine the state tax structure during the interim period before the 2020 legislative session with an eye toward producing a revenue collection system that provides long term stability. Since half of the state budget goes to K-12 funding, an examination of state taxes is something that school leaders should provide input on and follow closely. The stability in Kansas taxes that Kelly seeks has been missing from the Kansas tax system for the past decade. Like most states during the Great Recession, state tax collections in Kansas fell off a cliff in...

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President’s Perspective: Thanks to those who supported SB 16

by C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 Greetings fellow board members.  I write you today having witnessed the signing into law of SB 16, the 2019 School Finance package.  The bill commits an additional $90 million per year for Kansas schools over the next five years to account for inflation, which was not provided for in the five-year school finance package that was passed in the previous legislative session. When I wrote in January, I argued it was entirely possible for the state to promptly resolve the school finance question because of actions the Legislature had taken the previous year to...

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