KASB Updates

KASB’s Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 20

The Statehouse was busy with committee meetings Wednesday with KASB testifying on numerous bills. In House Taxation, KASB voiced opposition to SB 22, the tax cut bill that was approved by the Senate. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate director for advocacy, said the Legislature should first address the Kansas Supreme Court ruling to add an inflation adjustment to school funding before working on tax cuts. “Kansas is falling behind other states in education funding, and therefore investment in its own people,” Tallman said. “Before adopting a major reduction in revenue, KASB urges the Legislature to adopt the inflation adjustment to the school [...]

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Holecek new KASB Region 7 vice president

Darin Holecek Ellsworth USD 527 Region 7 How long have you been a school board member? More than 10 years. Why did you decide to become a board member? I wanted to become more educated on how the school system operates, be involved in public service, and most importantly be involved in local youth and their opportunities for a successful future. What do you do outside of being a board member? For 22 years, employed with the Kansas Department of Corrections; Pheasants Forever (promoting youth and the outdoors); local USBC Bowling Association Manager; hunt; fish; sporting events; concerts; kids and family activities. What experience do [...]

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Cole new KASB Region 3 vice president

Kevin ColeLabette County USD 506KASB Region 3 Vice President How long have you been a school board member? Three years and two years as Vice President of USD 506. I also serve as a three-year board member and two-year Vice President of the SEK Interlocal. Why did you decide to become a board member? My wife, her mother and father are lifelong educators. I appreciated their commitment to impacting lives positively in their daily interactions. All educators change and mold the lives of the students they teach. Educators need advocates for the work they perform and I wanted to be a leader [...]

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KASB’s BOLD leadership class coming to Topeka this week

The 2018-19 BOLD class of school district administrative leaders will learn about insurance, risk management, employer paid benefits, budgeting and working with school board members during a two-day meeting this week in Topeka. The meeting will take place Thursday and Friday at Topeka USD 501’s Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers and the KASB office. BOLD stands for Business Operations Leadership Development; a project offered by KASB’s Leadership Services. The program focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies and planning, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. Six sessions [...]

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Annual PR program has three key parts

By G. Kent Stewart, School Admin Prof. Emeritus, KSU, bcsgks1@cox.net This series on district level public relations activities concludes with this issue of School Board Review. It has surely been my pleasure to share with you during the past year. In the most recent issue, we looked briefly at one proven model for evaluating the PR program. It’s now time to write your district PR activities for the coming year. That is, put the plan on paper. Since district level PR activities may occur all year, the annual plan can be based on a July through June fiscal year or the [...]

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KASB projects slight enrollment decline

by Ted Carter, tcarter@kasb.org KASB’s annual enrollment projection indicates enrollment numbers will gradually decline from 499,034 in 2018-19 to 490,383 in 2023-24, which is a 1.7 percent decline in overall enrollment. The following table shows the total numbers for each year and the percent change from the previous year: KASB’s estimate does not take into consideration things such as commercial and residential development or other factors that could influence increases or decreases in student enrollment within public school districts. A ratio is calculated between county-level live birth rates and first grade enrollment within each district seven years later across the most recent [...]

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KASB Leadership Academy gives awards

Three Kansas boards of education have earned top honors in the 2018 KASB Leadership Academy, and a total of 629 individual Level 1 or Level 2 certificates were awarded for participation in training. The awards were announced recently by the Kansas Association of School Boards. “This recognition highlights the great commitment all of our board members and administrators exhibit to the improvement of student success in Kansas,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB executive director.

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President’s Perspective: Early resolution needed to school finance

by C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 Greetings fellow board members. It’s that time again – the Legislature has returned; the inauguration of the new governor has occurred; and the 2019 legislative session has begun. This year, as in every year past, education is atop the list of hot topics the Legislature and the new governor must address. You’ll recall there is a current case at the Kansas Supreme Court concerning school finance, Gannon v. State of Kansas, which called into question the state’s adherence to the constitutional requirement for adequate and equitable school finance. You’ll also recall that last session the [...]

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