Author - Carol Pitts

BOLD class discusses risk management profiles, health insurance market transparency

The sixth and final session for the 2019 KASB BOLD class got underway Thursday, hosted by Derby USD 265. BOLD, Business Operations Leadership Development, focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around the following topics: building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management. The class includes administrators from KASB members across the state.

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KASB Statehouse Video Daily Report

Follow KASB's Facebook Page to catch the live updates! Recently Recorded Videos Keith Griffin, Seaman USD 345 Board of Education and Tammy Thomasson, Paola USD 368 Assistant Superintendent reflect on today’s Leadership for Tomorrow class session in Neodesha with KASB’s Leah Fliter. ...

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Awards announced for 2018 KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest

The 27th annual KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest wraps up with 36 awards in ten categories for communications projects submitted by participating districts. “The judges were tough this year,” said Carol Pitts, KASB assistant executive director for marketing and public relations. “Only one entry received a perfect score, Shawnee Mission’s submission in the marketing materials/special purpose publication category. The district’s “Center for Academic Achievement Information Card” was pronounced an “excellent project in every way” by the judges.” Contest submissions are evaluated and judged using a reciprocal arrangement through an NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association) network of other state school public relations. Every...

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LFT Class of 2018 completes program

By Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org Twenty-six education leaders from across Kansas recently completed a year-long leadership development class sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards.   KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 were chosen last January through a nomination and application process focusing on individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.  A combination of site visits, group reflection and collaboration projects were used during the four sessions. The goal is to give the participants time to explore a broad spectrum of issues and concerns related to public education and student achievement....

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If you want to go where the BOLD go, here’s how to apply

KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development), a leadership development opportunity for new superintendents (within the first two years in their position) and aspiring superintendents, is seeking applications for the 2018-2019 cohort class. Application deadline is Sept. 14, 2018. The 2018-2019 class will be announced by Sept. 21, 2018, and the first class session is scheduled for Oct. 23 and 24. Participants will be selected based on their current role in their district. Aspiring superintendents or new superintendents (within first couple of years) will be given first consideration. Gender, ethnicity, district size, and region of the state will also be considered to...

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KCP&L and Westar Energy, Evergy Companies award three innovative curriculum grants

KCP&L and Westar Energy, Evergy Companies, in partnership with the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), announce recipients of the fourth annual KCP&L and Westar Energy, Evergy Companies STEM Innovative Curriculum grants. Each project receives a $3,000 grant aimed at increasing student interest and academic achievement in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines as applied to electrical energy. A focus on expanding the diversity of students involved in STEM education and on projects that include community service were of special interest to this year’s grant selection committee. Terry Bassham, President and...

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KASB Risk Management expands customer support for Employee Benefit Solutions 

KASB Risk Management is pleased to introduce Amy Helt, a veteran customer service professional joining our team as a consultant to support our Employee Benefit Solutions subscribers.   Amy comes to us with 27 years of insurance industry experience. She will be based in Topeka at the KASB office and work directly with our members during the employee benefit solutions implementation process. She will be involved with the set-up process, acting as a liaison between our members and all our carrier partners to insure a smooth implementation process.   In addition, because she has nearly three decades of direct customer and account executive...

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KASB seeks candidates for president-elect designee

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. The position will be up for election at the annual KASB Convention in December. The president-elect designee serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of directors until assuming the office of president-elect. Additional information and the application form is available at www.kasb.org/nominating

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KASB BOLD leadership program delves into crisis management during two day session

The fifth session for the new KASB BOLD program will be held today and tomorrow at KASB in Topeka. The group of 20 administrators from across Kansas will spend Thursday afternoon gaining knowledge and skills on crisis management. Members will share crisis planning models used in their own districts, then participate in crisis response scenarios such as responding to threats and reducing school violence. Discussions will also include cyber security and handling the aftermath of a crisis. On Friday, participates will study human resource management, including best practices for opening a position; how to handle the application, vetting and interview procedures; and hiring...

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