KASB Updates

Key tasks for school boards right now

In two online video forums for school board leaders Thursday night and Friday morning, KASB executive, leadership services and legal staff presented information on critical tasks for local school boards as they confront the COVID pandemic. Approximately 400 school leaders attended. Participation was limited to board presidents, board vice-presidents, superintendents and board clerks to comply with open meetings requirements.  First, boards must determine how to conduct school board meetings that comply with both health directives like social distancing and the Kansas Open Meetings Act.  The Kansas Attorney General has proposed new regulations for conducting open meetings that have received temporary approval...

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COVID-19 self-audit checklist and best practices

One of the most important obligations of school districts is to ensure the health and safety of its students. In order to help navigate the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the School Leaders Risk Management Association has created a “Health and Safety Plan for COVID-19 Self–Audit Checklist & Best Practices.” In addition to information about the disease, it guides districts regarding how to address the health concerns while keeping in mind the other legal obligations districts must consider. To download the checklist, go here.

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COVID Response: KASB to conduct forums this week for school board presidents, vice presidents, clerks and superintendents

To address issues for school boards surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, KASB this week will hold forums for school leadership teams. The forums will be conducted free of charge via Zoom at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 26) and 9 a.m. Friday (March 27) and will focus on what school districts and boards must do to start continuous learning during building closures. The 90-minute meetings will include plenty of time to ask questions and share information. The forums will be limited to school board presidents, vice presidents, clerks and district superintendents. This will allow the meetings to be held within compliance of the...

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K12itc provides hotline to assist educators during school closures

K12itc, a leader in providing technology solutions for school districts, has set up a hotline to assist schools with technical questions and challenges as schools increase virtual learning during closures caused by the coronavirus.  The special hotline number is 1-844-841-3506 (toll free) or educators can email covid19help@k12itc.com. The hotline will be staffed and available from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Based in Kansas City, Mo., K12itc is a member of KASB’s Prestigious Partner program, providing schools across Kansas and Missouri with cost-effective, customized IT solutions.   K12itc has also provided a list of services that may be of use during the...

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KASB to reschedule Women’s Leadership Summit; making other changes related to COVID-19

KASB has canceled its March 24 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan in response to the spread of COVID-19 and plans to reschedule the event for later in the year. All individuals who are currently registered will receive an email regarding refunds for registration and plans for rescheduling this event. KASB also has decided to transform its Spring Regional Roundtable meetings into three virtual meetings via Zoom that will be held April 2, April 8 and April 9. KASB plans to provide daily afternoon updates on Facebook Live to address issues on the ongoing coronavirus breakout and share with education leaders information from...

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KASB workshops, meetings and COVID-19

As of Thursday, March 12, 2020, all KASB scheduled events will continue as planned. We will follow guidance from the local health department in which the meeting is located and statewide guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment regarding upcoming workshops and meetings. Notification of any changes will be sent to all registered attendees, shared on KASB social media channels and posted on the KASB website at https://kasb.org/training-events/  

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Secrets to a successful school closure

By G. Kent Stewart School closure is a very sad event for everyone involved. At worst, a closure decision is divisive, leaving wounds that take years to heal. Carefully orchestrated, it can be accomplished with the blessings of the community. There are three secrets to a successful school closure decision: First, a fact book is assembled that contains a lot of information about the school in question; Second, the fact book is presented without comment or recommendation to the community; and Third, the school board practices good boardsmanship throughout the whole process. Needed information More information is needed than some board members believe...

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School help needed in 2020 Census count

The 2020 Census invitations soon will begin hitting mailboxes across our country and online response will open. Ensuring each Kansan counts holds significance for everyone in Kansas—but especially Kansas schools as the 2020 Census counts affect federal funding for many education programs, like school breakfast and lunch programs. These counts affect federal funding for the next 10 years for Kansas schools, communities, and our state. Let’s ensure that #EachKansanCounts. Early childhood Ensuring that our youngest Kansans, those aged 0 to 5, are counted with their families is essential when it comes to federal early childhood program funding. An estimated 10 percent of...

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Survey feedback & 2020-21 gameplan

This document provides a summary of the responses received from a survey of superintendents, board clerks, deputy clerks, data stewards, and data steward assistants regarding KASB’s annual research surveys, along with a discussion of KASB’s plan for these surveys starting in 2020-21. We received 212 individual responses on a survey sent to approximately 600 KASB member district staff. These included superintendents, assistant superintendents, board clerks, board treasurers, and other district staff involved in submitting and using KASB’s annual survey data. Providing information Respondents were asked how they preferred to provide information to KASB. One hundred seventy-three, or 81.6 percent indicated they preferred...

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KASB Board sees successes of Lawrence school district

Each year, the KASB Board of Directors holds one of its quarterly meetings in the home district of the board’s president to learn about the success and challenges of that district. On Friday, the board visited Lawrence USD 497, the home district of KASB President Shannon Kimball, who serves on the local school board. The KASB board started at the Lawrence College and Career Center, enjoying a fantastic meal prepared by the Advanced Culinary Class in which students can earn college credit. Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis gave board members an overview of the district and the district’s five-year strategic plan. With 12,000 students, Lawrence...

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