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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 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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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 seeks applications for president-elect designee

The KASB Nominating Committee is seeking applications for nominations to serve as KASB president-elect designee. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by 5 p.m. Aug. 28. The position will be up for election at the annual KASB Convention in December. Candidates will be scheduled for a one-hour interview by the Nominating Committee on Sept. 12. All interviews and deliberations are confidential. The president-elect designee serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of directors until assuming the office of president-elect. The KASB board of directors meets five times a year with most meetings held at the KASB office in Topeka. The...

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KASB Board forms group to work on equity in schools

The KASB Board of Directors on Saturday approved forming a committee that will work to ensure equity in Kansas public education. KASB President Shannon Kimball said recent deaths by African-Americans at the hands of police and others and worldwide demonstrations against institutional racism have shown more needs to be done to make education equitable. “We all have felt the impact of everything that has been going on in our country the past several weeks. We just cannot be silent on these issues as an association,” said Kimball, who is a member of the Lawrence USD 497 school board. Board member Frank Henderson,...

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KASB President Kimball named to national group

KASB President Shannon Kimball has been appointed to the board of directors of the National School Boards Action Center, which advocates at the federal level to advance public education. Kimball, an attorney, has served on the Lawrence USD 497 board since 2011, in addition serving on numerous community committees. Kimball grew up in western Kansas and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Kansas. She received her law degree at the University of Michigan Law School and has worked with public schools as an attorney in private practice and an education specialist.

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KASB President’s Perspective: Let grace, compassion, patience lead the way

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 The 2019-2020 school year has ended—whew! The last nine weeks of the school year seemed to last for an entire calendar year all by itself. We have navigated such extraordinary change and anxiety in such a short period of time, not to mention the loss of beloved experiences and traditions for our staff and students. I especially missed honoring our graduating classes this year; my district plans a graduation celebration at each of our high schools in mid-July, conditions permitting, but it will look very different than such past ceremonies. The burning question on my mind,...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Addressing a different kind of emergency

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 I have so many thoughts about “what now,” but for the moment I want to acknowledge the loss and sadness that many of us feel about the decision to close school facilities in Kansas. As the mother of three children, I am concerned about their health and future. As a local board member, I am part of our district leadership team working our way through these challenging times. And as president of KASB, I understand the need to provide leadership and vision while taking care of local and personal concerns. First, our top concern is the...

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