Author - Scott Rothschild

Workshop on saving energy costs set for Thursday, May 16 in Topeka

School officials and others are invited to attend a free workshop on energy performance contracts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in Topeka at the Washburn Tech Conference Center, 5724 SW Huntoon St. The workshop, hosted by the Kansas State University Engineering Extension, is aimed at helping officials save money on energy costs without large upfront capital costs and how the Kansas Corporation Commission’s Facility Conservation Improvement Program (FCIP) can assist in this effort. Attendees will hear from national experts Tim Unruh, executive director of the National Association of Energy Service Companies and Dale Hahs, state liaison team [...]

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Legislature ends session with budget, including school funds, and tax cuts

Kansas legislators Sunday ended the 2019 session after approving a budget that includes school funding and a tax bill that would reduce revenue by approximately $240 million over three years. The next battle over K-12 finance will be Thursday when attorneys for the state and plaintiff districts square off before the Kansas Supreme Court over whether SB 16 satisfies the court’s order to provide an inflation adjustment to school funding. Approved earlier in the session, SB 16 adds $90 million more to the general state education aid of approximately $4 billion, which was contained in the final appropriations bill approved over [...]

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Community engagement sessions on early childhood set next week in Syracuse, Oakley, Goodland, Ness City

State officials are holding several meetings next week to seek input from Kansans to address early childhood issues. The community engagement meetings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hamilton County Library in Syracuse; 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Kansas Educational Services Center in Oakley; 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wolak Building in Goodland and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ness County Bank Building Foundation in Ness City. The meetings are being held throughout the state for the next several months as part of an [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Thur. May 2

Key legislators put the finishing touches on a final state budget and another tax cut bill started moving through the Legislature on Thursday, the second day of the wrap up session. Major items in the budget for education include rolling over about $2 million in unexpended funds to expand the school mental health initiative and providing another $5 million for school security. Under the proposal, the increased funding for mental health services would require 25 percent matching funds from schools. The budget is in conference committee report for SB 25. Meanwhile, Republican leaders put together a new tax cutting plan that [...]

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KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. today to review wrap up session; trends in school salaries

KASB Live will start at 12:30 p.m. today to review the developing budget agreement and tax cut bill as the Legislature works toward ending the wrap up session. Here is a link to join the discussion. Following the legislative update, KASB Live will feature a special report covering national and state trends in school salaries. The budget agreement that will be considered by legislators during the wrap up session contains several items important to education leaders, including more funding for mental health and school security. On the issue of school salaries, KASB recently issued two reports -- one showing the growing gap [...]

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Oxford Air Sharks riding the wind

Oxford USD 358 students Danny Ball and Austin Gaither are headed back to the National KidWind Challenge hoping to capture another title. They won the national title last year as middle school students and now they are eyeing another trophy as freshmen in the high school competition. “We want to keep improving and getting better,” said Ball. The 2019 National KidWind Challenge will be held in Houston from May 21-23 at the American Wind Energy Association annual trade show, conference and exhibition. Before nationals, more than 150 students from across Kansas competed in the state KidWind Challenge in Topeka in March. To prepare for [...]

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State seeks input on early childhood learning

State officials are seeking input from Kansans to help shape the future of early childhood education. Community engagement meetings are being held throughout the state as part of an effort to develop a comprehensive assessment of what is needed for early childhood in Kansas and plan a strategy to meet those needs. The one-hour sessions will focus on what is happening in the community to support parents, caregivers, infants, toddlers, young children and families. The event is open to anyone interested in the future of Kansas children and families. The May meetings are as follows: May 7 – Syracuse May 8 – Oakley May 8 [...]

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KASB Daily Education Roundup, Wed. May 1

With major legislative votes Wednesday on Medicaid expansion and abortion, not much happened on the education front during the first day of the wrap-up session. A move is being made by some legislators to add in the final budget approximately $2 million in unexpended revenues to the state’s mental health initiative in public schools. Both the House and Senate budget committees are working on spending plans. Here is a link to KASB’s Facebook Live summary of the day’s developments.

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Kansas schools, districts honored in Character Recognition Program

At David Brewer Elementary, students gather in the gym every morning for a short pep talk, ending with a high-five to the person on one side of them and to the person on the other side, they shake hands and proclaim, “You are amazing.”  At Anthony Elementary, teachers visit low-income apartments, bringing food and other assistance to students and their parents.  Both schools in Leavenworth USD 453 were recognized Wednesday as 2019 Kansas Schools of Character during a ceremony at the Brown v. Board National Historic Site in Topeka. The schools are being considered along with 85 others across the country [...]

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KASB Leadership for Tomorrow heads to Coffeyville, Neodesha

KASB Leadership for Tomorrow will hit the road this week for learning sessions at Coffeyville USD 445 and Neodesha USD 461.  At Coffeyville on Thur. May 2, the group will cover numerous topics including school-based community health, trauma-informed care, student-led marketing and retail endeavors.  On Fri. May 3, LFT will visit classrooms in Neodesha and discuss transformations under the Kansans Can School Redesign project.  LFT members are also studying and will be reporting on the works of several change theorists.   Leadership for Tomorrow gives board members, superintendents and administrators time to explore education theories and strategies, participate in leadership skill training and expand [...]

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