KASB Updates

`Women Connecting with Women’ to feature Gov. Kelly

KASB and USA-Kansas continue their leadership programming with a new monthly series entitled “Women Connecting with Women.” The first event will be a noon, September 22 Zoom session with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, who will discuss her experiences as a leader.  The 45-minute “lunch and learn” monthly sessions are designed to help female Board of Education members, Superintendents, building principals and district leaders establish connections with other women leaders to discuss current issues with high-profile female change-agents from across the state. There is no cost to participate but attendees must register in advance on the KASB events page. Look for...

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KASB Legislative Committee approves draft of state policy positions

KASB’s Legislative Committee has approved a first draft of proposed state legislative policy positions for 2021. KASB members will discuss the positions and provide feedback at Regional Roundtables on September 30, October 7 and October 14. The final document, which will guide KASB advocacy efforts in the 2021 Kansas legislative session, will be approved by the KASB Delegate Assembly in January 2021.  The proposed state policy positions primarily focus on how to support K-12 public schools as they continue to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Positions include supporting safe operations in schools in all learning modes; increasing...

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Winbolt endorsed to become KASB president-elect designee

The KASB Nominating Committee has endorsed the candidacy of Jason Winbolt to become president-elect designee for KASB. Winbolt is a member of the Springhill USD 230 school board and serves as the Region 1 vice president on the KASB board of directors. The Nominating Committee interviewed Winbolt on Saturday. The nominating committee presents to the KASB Delegate Assembly one or more qualified candidates for the office each year. A voter’s guide, which serves as the KASB Nominating Committee Report, will be distributed at the KASB Fall Regional Meetings and will be available online. It will also be mailed prior to the...

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KASB fills new Member Engagement Department

Three employees have been hired to fill out the new KASB Member Engagement Department. Joining KASB will be Alec Madrigal, digital media specialist; Rachel Thomas, member engagement specialist and Leah Coons, member event specialist. "We’re excited. I was very pleased with the quality of applicants we had in the pool," said Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB Deputy Executive Director. “They’re a great bunch of people; a real solid team,” said Austin Harris, the Director of Member Engagement. After updating its strategic plan and a reorganization study, KASB tasked the new Member Engagement Department with connecting school board members with the many valuable programs and...

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KASB moves annual convention to online because of pandemic

The KASB Board of Directors on Saturday approved holding its 2020 Annual Convention online instead of in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual convention will be held from Wed. Dec. 2 through Fri. Dec. 4. Traditionally, the KASB convention is the largest gathering of elected school board members and district leaders in Kansas. Because of the spreading virus and social distance guidelines, KASB leadership decided several months ago to start planning for an online convention. “Hopefully it results in more engagement for our membership, I’m excited to see how this works,” said KASB President Lori Blake, a member of the Southeast...

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President’s Perspective: Let’s stop hurrying up to wait and become the change we want to be

By Lori Blake KASB President The last five months have been a roller coaster as we all got in line to see how COVID-19 would impact our lives. Just like at the amusement park, our entire society has hurried in anxious anticipation to wait for the next hill or corner turned to change our course of action. You’ve all heard that expression that epitomizes the experience we are living today. We hurry up to make a deadline and wait for the response and more data to inform detours and necessary course corrections. It’s tiresome and not going to change any time...

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August School Board Review focuses on the difficult decisions that education leaders must make

As schools reopen, the August issue of School Board Review focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and the tough decisions local school boards have been making on when and how to start school. In her President’s Perspective column, KASB President Lori Blake urges education leaders to use this unprecedented time “to ensure the voices who need to be heard are amplified.” As education leaders navigate change, KASB Executive Director John Heim encourages them to do their due diligence. “This is not a time for echo chambers, Facebook research, or YouTube solutions. It is a time to be inquisitive and not dogmatic, to...

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KASB `Lunch & Learn’ board leadership session on Wed. Aug. 12 to focus on accessing COVID-19 funds for schools

Accessing COVID-19 funds for schools will be the focus of discussion as KASB continues the popular Board Leadership "Lunch and Learn" forum this week at noon Wednesday (Aug. 12) on Zoom. KASB guest Monica Murnan will provide important information to school leaders on accessing funds distributed by the state to counties for COVID-19 expenses. These funds can be used for K-12 COVID-related expenses too. Murnan is Director of Student Support Services with the Greenbush education service center, which is assisting counties in dealing with the state SPARK Office of Recovery, which recommends allocation of those federal funds. The “Lunch and Learn”...

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KASB hires director of new Member Engagement Department

Austin Harris said his K-12 education in Tonganoxie helped make him into who he is today and he wants to give back to public education to help students now and in the future. Austin will get the opportunity as KASB’s new Director of Member Engagement. “Education has always been a passion of mine and driven me,” said Austin, who will begin his assignment on Mon. Aug. 3. At 25, Austin already has a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Baker University and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Washburn University. For the past three years, he has been the director...

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KASB, BuyBoard can help districts purchasing PPE, cleaning supplies

KASB, through its partnership with BuyBoard, a buying cooperative many school districts use for procurement, can help districts access and purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies to assist in the opening and operation of school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed to comply with state laws which require government entities to make purchases from an approved list of vendors that have gone through a competitive procurement process, BuyBoard gives school entities the ability to get volume discounts with the ease of online, web-based shopping and ordering. As a member of our organization, you are automatically a BuyBoard member. If your...

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