SBR: First KASB BOLD class graduatesAndrea Hartzell
Twenty school leaders from across Kansas graduated earlier this month from the first KASB BOLD class.
BOLD, which stands for Business Operations Leadership Development, was implemented by KASB Leadership Services to help new and aspiring superintendents learn more about building consensus with the school board and local community.
The six-session program, which conducted meetings statewide, focused on building and facilities master planning, technology, finance strategies, procurement, security, risk management and human resources.
The sessions included discussions with KASB leaders, experts from across the state and KASB partners.
Sherry Reeves, assistant superintendent at Basehor-Linwood USD 458, said she received a lot of valuable insights being part of the BOLD class.
“Visiting businesses with expertise in facilities planning and maintenance, bond procurement and risk management, and doing human resource scenarios provided opportunities to learn multiple aspects of the business. We had many opportunities for networking. One of my favorite sessions was the Fireside Chat with KASB Leadership. Great wisdom shared by an experienced, knowledgable team,” Reeves said.
Valley Center USD 262 Assistant Superintendent Mike Bonner said the BOLD program was a “great learning experience.”
Bonner said he was able to learn from and about a variety of organizations who assist districts and schools to meet their goal of providing quality educational experiences for their students.
He learned about options for districts when determining how best to proceed with operational items such as technology, plumbing, HVAC and different means to finance large projects.
Bonner said the session regarding bond projects that covered them from start to finish was especially helpful.
“Hearing insights from past and current district leaders was what I enjoyed the most, along with the opportunity to network with them and with other leaders from across the state. The real-life experiences that were shared has already proven to be extremely beneficial for me,” he said.
KASB Assistant Executive Director of Operations Randy Weseman said BOLD was developed in response to an increasing number of requests for assistance from Kansas school district administrators who must juggle not only their daily interactions with students, staff and the community but also building and facilities planning, school security, transportation, running a school food service program and more.
“The Leadership Services staff realized there is an urgent need for this kind of training,” Weseman said.
Plans are under way to form a second BOLD class for the coming school year.