Author - Carol Pitts

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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Westar Energy STEM Awards 2018 Call for Proposals

Three $3,000 grants to support innovative project-based instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are available from Westar Energy.   This is the fifth year for the grant program, and funds can be used to increase student interest and academic achievement in the STEM disciplines as applied to electrical energy. A focus on increasing the diversity of students involved in STEM education is of special interest area.  Westar Energy is the leading electric utility in the Midwest, dedicated to investing in the communities served and developing partnerships that invest in their current and future workforce. The awards are a partnership between...

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KASB Risk Management brings a win-win solution to benefit management 

Employee Benefit Solutions (EBS), the newest service offered by KASB Risk Management, brings a win-win solution to members starting this fall. “Our members asked us to find a better solution for management of employee benefits, and we have,” said Rod Spangler, KASB assistant executive director and leader of KASB Risk Management. “We’ve developed a technology-based solution that improves management of both employer-sponsored benefits and voluntary benefits.” Clerks and human resource staff who use this newest KASB service will no longer be at the mercy of an outside vendor’s process or timeline. “Our online tool, developed by KASB Risk Management specifically for our members, allows organizations to manage their own process and control their own data for the annual benefits enrollment for employees and...

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Introduction to Boardsmanship completers recognized

Close to 300 board of education members in Kansas were recently recognized by KASB as having completed the Introduction to Foundations of Boardsmanship training for new board members. Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB assistant executive director for leadership services, said the training gives new board members a strong foundation to begin building skills as effective leaders. “We include an introduction to the fundamentals of serving on a board of education and cover topics such as advocacy, finance, setting goals and priorities and evaluating the superintendent,” Jordan said. “The workshop includes legal topics such as open meetings and executive sessions, and an overview...

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KASB names Class of 2018 Leadership for Tomorrow

TOPEKA – The Kansas Association of School Boards is pleased to announce our Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018. The 26 participants were chosen through an application process on the basis of individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement. Through five two-day sessions held around the state, the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow program creates a greater understanding of the Kansas public education system and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills for effective governance and raising student achievement. The program began in 2005, and in the past 13 years 221 school leaders...

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Never too late to say “thanks”

January is School Board Recognition Month, and with three days left in the month there's little time to procrastinate. Here are few quick ideas for social media. Why not chose one or two, customize for your school district or organization and post today! You can use your district logo, or click to download the KASB-created logo to add a graphic to the post. Be sure to use the hashtag #thankBOE when tweeting and KASB can retweet! Twitter Posts Our school board members make the future better for every child.  Thank you, Board of Education Members from USD ____. #thankBOE Thanks to our...

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Awards announced for 2017 KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest

The results of the 2017 KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest are in with close to 90 certificates earned by the participating school districts. This year marks the 26th year for the contest. It began in 1992 as a joint venture between KASB and KanSPRA. Top award winners include Western Plains USD 106, Prairie Hills USD 113, Andover USD 385 and Derby USD 260. Recognition is earned in ten categories based on points for (a) Research and Assessment of Need, (b) Analysis and Planning, (c) Evaluation and Results, (d) Overall Appearance, and (e) Content and Readability. A “sweepstakes winner” is also named for each enrollment category based on the...

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Nominations open for 2018 Leadership for Tomorrow

The Kansas Association of School Boards is accepting nominations for the Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018. Any past graduate of the program can nominate colleagues. Individuals can self-nominate and current KASB members can also submit a nomination. Once nominated, an application and further instructions will be sent to the nominee. The form to submit nominations is online at kasb.org/LFT. The nomination window will close January 19, 2018. Participants will be notified by February 2, 2018. The follow dates and sites are planned for the class of 2018: Session I – March 1 and 2, 2018: McPherson and Twin Valley Session II...

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