KASB Updates

KASB conference concludes with officers elected, legislative report approved

Delegates at the 102nd annual KASB Conference on Sunday elected officers and approved a legislative report that will guide KASB advocacy efforts for 2020.  The actions, along with inspiring words from Chad Foster, who overcame blindness as a young man, concluded the conference in which more than 500 education leaders from across Kansas, met, learned, shared and discussed major education issues facing Kansas during more than 40 breakout sessions, workshops, school visits and a vendor show.  In addition, Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson; Tim Hodges, director of research at Gallup polling; KASB President Shannon Kimball, Lawrence USD 497, and KASB Executive...

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Leadership For Tomorrow class finishes program year

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019 completed its year on Thursday in Wichita with programming around self-reflection, school redesign and continuous improvement, and skillfully leading important work in their school districts.  Leadership for Tomorrow gives board members, superintendents and administrators time to explore change theories and strategies, participate in leadership skill training and expand understanding of education key issues. Through five two-day sessions, the class visited local schools in Beloit, North Ottawa, Coffeyville, Neodesha, Lakin, Garden City, and Manhattan and participated in class discussions on issues and challenges facing Kansas education.  The class was honored at a graduation lunch on...

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Candidates for KASB Regional Vice President in regions 4,5,6 and 10

KASB Regional Vice-President elections will be held for Regions 4, 5, 6 and 10 on Sunday during the 2019 KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. The elections will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Grand Eagle Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency. There is one vote per member district. In contested races, candidates can give a 3-minute statement. Regional vice-presidents serve a three-year term as members of the KASB Board of Directors. Members are eligible to serve two consecutive terms on the board. The Board meets five times a year at the KASB office in Topeka. Region 4 candidates are Bruce Coleman, Wamego...

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Registrations up for KASB Annual Conference

After local school board elections and the appearance of numerous education issues on the horizon, registrations are up for the 2019 KASB Annual Conference.  As of Tue. Dec. 3, there were 551 school board members and school administrators registered to attend the Dec. 6-8 conference at the Hyatt Regency & Century II Convention Center in Wichita. That’s the highest total since 2009 when 658 registered.  The conference is the largest gathering in the state of local school board members and offers a wide range of activities, breakout sessions and nationally-recognized keynote speakers designed to help local school board members fulfill their...

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Board members encourage fellow board members to attend Poverty Simulation workshop Dec. 6 in Wichita

A unique opportunity to gain insight into the social and economic challenges faced by today’s students is coming up Dec. 6.   The Poverty Paradigm Experience is a half-day afternoon workshop during the KASB Annual Conference pre-conference sessions at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Wichita. The workshop is included in the KASB Season Pass, which means registration is unlimited for board members and district leaders of season pass holders. Participants can also register just for the workshop or register for the full day and attend other pre-conference sessions in the morning. The Poverty Simulation runs from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.  Three Kansas...

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Meeting All Kids Needs deadline approaching

KASB’s popular Meeting All Kids Needs tours are filling up. The deadline to register for these tours, held in conjunction with KASB’s Annual Conference in Wichita, is Friday, November 22.  The Meeting All Kids Needs district tours offer attendees the opportunity to observe innovative programs and interact with students, teachers and administrators. You will learn about different ways to improve state-endorsed student outcomes of kindergarten readiness, social and emotional health, graduation rates and post-secondary success.   “KASB is excited to offer excellent opportunities for our attendees to observe some of the outstanding programs our public schools utilize to Meet All Kids Needs,”...

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KASB to testify to tax reform panel; co-chairs will discuss panel’s work at KASB event on Friday

Gov. Laura Kelly’s Council on Tax Reform on Thursday will receive testimony from KASB and others and the council’s co-chairs will discuss the panel’s work Friday morning at KASB’s School Finance and Budgeting Seminar.  For information about the KASB event, including agenda and registration, click here.  The tax council was established to study both short- and long-term issues in the Kansas tax system. The Governor appointed as co-chairs former Republican Senate President Steve Morris and former Democratic Senator Janice Lee, as well as current KASB President Shannon Kimball, board member for Lawrence USD 497. Here is a link to information about...

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Nominations being accepted for KASB Regional Vice-President in Regions 4,5,6 and 10

KASB Regional Vice-President Elections will be held for KASB Regions 4, 5, 6, and 10 on Sun. Dec. 8 during the annual Delegate Assembly. Any interested current school board member whose organization is a member of KASB should contact a member of their Regional Nominating Committee to submit their name as a candidate for that Regional Vice President’s position. Please go to this link for contact information of the Regional Nominating Committees. Nominations are due by Nov. 26. Regional vice-presidents serve a three-year term as members of the KASB Board of Directors. Members are eligible to serve two consecutive terms on...

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KASB offering wide range of training, workshops

Over the next week, KASB will be conducting a wide range of events focusing on trauma, school finance, superintendent searches and legal issues. The KASB legal staff is providing two half-day training sessions on employment law and the federal requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act. The workshops will be held Tue. Nov. 12 in Dodge City and Thur. Nov. 14 in Topeka. On Fri. Nov. 15 in Topeka, KASB will hold the School Finance and Budgeting Workshop and Aspiring Superintendents Workshop. The School Finance Workshop will cover the state’s budget situation, politics of school funding...

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KASB BOLD meets this week, focusing on risk management, food service

The KASB BOLD class will conduct its second session Thursday and Friday, focusing on school insurance and food service issues. The session, to be held at the Basehor-Linwood USD 458 district office, will include discussions with KASB and industry experts on property casualty and risk management services, health insurance, employer paid benefits and self-operated and outsourced food service. Twenty school administrators from across Kansas have been selected to participate in the Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) program. In its third year, the program focuses on the day-to-day operating and long-range planning that is needed to run a school district. It helps administrators...

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