KASB Updates

KASB Employee Benefit Solutions program grows

The ranks of KASB’s Employee Benefit Solutions customers continue to grow, as three additional districts prepare to entrust their employee benefits with the organization.   Andover USD 385, Concordia USD 333 and Lyndon USD 421 are the newest customers of EBS.   Employee Benefit Solutions, which is offered by KASB Risk Management, is a technology-based service that improves management of both employer sponsored benefits and voluntary benefits. EBS streamlines the annual job of selecting benefits.  KASB for decades has offered districts workers’ compensation, property casualty and student accident insurance. With the recent addition of Employee Benefit Solutions, KASB Assistant Executive Director of Risk Management...

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KASB BOLD session set for Topeka on Thursday and Friday

The first meeting of this year’s KASB BOLD class will convene this week and cover sessions on school board relationships, building leadership teams and problem solving. The Thursday-Friday meeting will be held at KASB’s headquarters in Topeka and feature talks from KASB executive staff and former KASB presidents Frank Henderson Jr., a member of the Seaman USD 345 board and NSBA board, and Patrick Woods, a member of the Topeka USD 501 board. In its third year, the Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) program includes six training sessions developed by KASB leadership staff, KASB business partners and experts from across the...

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Effective supervisor workshop focuses on communication, hiring and legal issues

Close to 60 directors, supervisors and administrators gathered Thursday in Topeka for the first of two “Becoming an Effective Supervisor: Director’s Workshops.” A repeat of this workshop is scheduled for Wed. Oct. 16 in Garden City.  The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. meeting focused on leadership, communication, hiring, evaluation and legal issues for classified and support personnel. Attendees learned about building trust, conducting difficult conversations, hiring the best candidate and becoming the leaders for change and improvement.  Gary Sechrist, KASB leadership services field specialist, led the group in discussions on effective communication and conducting difficult conversations with employees. His recommendations include...

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Advanced Advocacy Training Institute will meet in Maize

KASB’s new Advanced Advocacy Training Institute will conduct its second session Thursday in Maize.  The meeting will include deep dives into bond elections, understanding local school finance efforts, working with advocates and the media.  The Advanced Advocacy Training Institute represents KASB’s newest initiative to develop a network of education advocates throughout Kansas who have a full understanding of issues on the local, state and federal levels.  The objectives of AATI are to establish a network of support for public education; explore initiatives to increase student success; improve advocacy effectiveness and expand the diversity of advocates to participate in legislative and community outreach....

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Upcoming KASB Leadership workshops

Upcoming KASB Leadership Services workshops this week focus on school redesign aimed at improving student success and supervisor skills. On Wed. Oct. 9 in Topeka, Drs. Brian Jordan and Doug Moeckel will conduct a workshop on redesigning schools to align with the state’s accreditation system. Jordan is deputy director of KASB and Moeckel is a leadership services field specialist. The Leading the Change Effort and Connecting to KESA workshop focuses on helping schools pursue continuous improvement. The Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) is the state’s K-12 accrediting model, and local boards of education play a critical role in KESA, from...

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Lakin, Garden City show LFT class programs that lead to student success

By Leah Fliter, Lfliter@kasb.org “If you believe in it, it will happen” was the overarching theme of KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow trip to Lakin and Garden City. Although the school districts are markedly different in size and student demographics, their belief in the mission of serving students is the same. Leadership for Tomorrow offers school board members and school administrators the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Kansas public school system and increase their leadership skills. Over the course of five two-day visits, the LFT class travels across the state to observe and discuss issues and opportunities in...

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KASB President’s Perspective: School boards can learn from each other

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 Halloween has not arrived yet, but December is right around the corner, and that means it is almost KASB Annual Conference time! I am excited about the learning and networking opportunities available this year—our KASB staff and board of directors are working hard to ensure our conference will provide board members and district leaders with a wide range of opportunities to share what they are doing in their districts and to participate in learning so we can all return to our communities with new knowledge to benefit our students. Sessions at the Annual Conference will allow...

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October issue of KASB School Board Review is available

Articles on education equity, the effect of social media on our students, the school bond environment, KASB’s upcoming annual conference and more are featured in the October issue of School Board Review, which is available online here. This month’s publication includes the final installment of KASB Associate Executive Director of Advocacy and Communications Mark Tallman’s analysis of equity in student success. KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about how young people today face challenges their parents didn’t — namely that their exploits are recorded forever in the digital world. KASB’s Rob Gilligan, government relations specialist, analyzes opportunities to reinvest in school...

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Officials from Medicaid expansion states tout program

Education advocates have recently been discussing whether to support Medicaid expansion because of its potential impact on the health of students and their families. On Monday, officials from two Republican-dominated states that have expanded Medicaid told Kansas officials that expansion has helped their states in numerous ways.  The officials from Ohio and Montana spoke to Gov. Laura Kelly’s appointed council that is working on guiding principles for a Medicaid expansion bill for the 2020 legislative session, which starts in January. Kelly, a Democrat, supports expanding Medicaid health care coverage to as many as 150,000 more Kansans, but was thwarted in...

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KASB official featured in podcast on assessing threats to schools

KASB’s Randy Weseman is featured in a new school safety podcast that points to the importance of a positive school climate in deterring school violence. Weseman, a former school superintendent, is coordinating KASB’s Oct. 28 Threat Assessment Team Training workshop in Topeka.   In the Sept. 29 edition of the Topeka Capitol-Journal’s Capitol Insider podcast, reporter Tim Carpenter talks with Weseman about the threat assessment team model of school safety, which focuses on a communication-based approach to improving school culture. Weseman, KASB’s assistant executive director of operations and leadership services, says the U.S. Secret Service has studied school violence and found...

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