KASB Updates

KASB selects 2020 Leadership for Tomorrow class

The Kansas Association of School Boards is pleased to announce its Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2020.  Participants are nominated and then chosen through an application process that focuses on individual leadership in Kansas public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.  “Every member of this year’s class is already a leader in their local district,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB Executive Director. “Through Leadership for Tomorrow they connect with board members and district leaders in other districts, learning from each other and gathering ideas they can take back home. They will also visit classrooms...

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Registration open for 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Summit in March

By Carol Pitts cpitts@kasb.org Registration is open for the KASB and United School Administrators-Kansas 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan on March 24 and 25. For more information and to register, go here. The second annual summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Also speaking will be the Honorable Marla J. Luckert, Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and Melissa Rooker, executive director Kansas Children’s Cabinet. Current female school board members and school administrators will learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy...

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KASB BOLD focusing on `Maintaining Quality Public School Facilities’

Education leaders from across Kansas will participate in sessions this week on “Maintaining Quality Public School Facilities” as part of KASB’s BOLD training. The group will meet Thursday and Friday at the McCown Gordon Office Complex in Kansas City. BOLD stands for Business Operations Leadership Development. In its third year, the innovative leadership program focuses on the day-to-day operating and long-range planning needed to run a school district. The program helps develop knowledge on building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. In this week’s sessions, officials from HTK Architects, Piper Jaffray...

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Profile: Pam Dankenbring is Region 4 representative

Pam Dankenbring Marysville USD 364 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? I have served on the USD 364 School Board for two years and have filled the position of president for six months. I serve as our governmental relations person and on the finance and negotiations committees. What do you do outside of being a board member? I am a district administrator for Kansas Farm Bureau, the largest grassroots agricultural advocacy organization in the state. In that position, I serve as a direct liaison to the 10 county...

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Profile: Joe Beveridge is Region 15 representative

Joe Beveridge Olathe USD 233 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? As of January 2020, I am starting my second four-year term on the Olathe School Board. I have been serving as vice president since July of 2019. When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we moved from Chicago, Illinois to Olathe, Kansas, and one of the main reasons was our admiration for the school district. I ran for school board as someone who felt the district did so many things well and I...

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Kansas’ Frank Henderson selected for position on path to become NSBA president

By John Heim KASB Executive Director Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm once said, “Those who devote their lives to serving our country, children, and neighborhoods are giving back. They have answered the call to serve.”  There are an estimated 49.5 million public school children in the United States. Kansas is home to approximately 491,000 students. The Seaman School District educates about 4,000 students. North Fairview Elementary School in the Seaman School District enrolls around 300 students. A typical class in North Fairview contains about 25 students.   Like most families in the Seaman School District, Frank and Lorraine Henderson had two children. If you have ever talked with Seaman...

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KASB President’s Perspective: New year, new voices but no time to relax

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 The start of the new year and the new semester coincides with an opportunity for new (or renewed) resolve and fresh perspectives on the many opportunities and challenges facing our students and our schools. My local board welcomed three new members at our first January board meeting — I am excited to work with them, learn from them, and add their talents, knowledge, and perspectives to our work together. My district stands to benefit greatly from the experiences and perspectives of these new board members. I look forward to seeing where their fresh resolve takes...

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February issue of School Board Review is available

Programs for struggling students and funding those programs is the focus of the February issue of School Board Review, which is now available online and will be mailed shortly to school board members and school officials throughout Kansas. Here’s a link to the February issue. At-risk funding has come under scrutiny in the Legislature this session after release of an audit that questioned how funds were being used. State education officials have said the audit failed to grasp the many ways teachers use different strategies to help at-risk students. KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about this complicated issue in his column...

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KASB training, seminars, workshops this week

KASB officials will be conducting training sessions throughout the state this week. KASB attorneys will be helping school officials in training for negotiations. The seminars will focus on setting goals, avoiding and resolving conflict and seeking agreement that serves the best interests of the school district and its staff. The annual training satisfies requirements under the Professional Negotiations Act. Seminars are being held in Dodge City on Tuesday and Wednesday; Lyons on Wednesday and Clearwater and Parsons on Thursday. Meanwhile, KASB will conduct Introduction to Foundations of Boardsmanship on Wednesday in Goodland and Clerks Workshop in Topeka on Thursday. Foundations of Boardsmanship provides...

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KASB Leadership Academy Awards presented to 507 board members, district staff

KASB Leadership Academy 2019 Awards presented to 507 board members, district staff KASB today announced the recipients of the 2019 Leadership Academy Awards. In total, 507 board members, superintendents and staff earned Level I or Level II distinction by participating in workshops, onsite trainings and other board and staff development offered by KASB. “We are pleased to present these awards to those who have earned distinction by attending workshops and training in 2019,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB executive director. “Their commitment to learning more about board governance and improving the effectiveness of their district leadership teams deserves recognition.” School board members...

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