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KASB President’s Perspective: KASB completes year in a strong position

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 Welcome to a new year! And welcome to the 2020 legislative session. This month, I want to give you a short update on the work of your KASB board of directors and staff in 2019 and to note a couple of issues to keep an eye on as the legislative session gets underway. If you have visited the KASB website recently, you have seen this header: Leading Success! The Kansas Association of School Boards is proud to support you in your role as a local leader. So what has KASB accomplished in 2019 toward providing that...

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January School Board Review previews legislative session and more

The January edition of School Board Review offers a preview of top education issues for the 2020 legislative session and information on how education leaders can stay on top of developments under the Statehouse dome. The issue is now available online here and is in the mail to members. In addition to news about the session that starts Monday (Jan. 13), SBR covers the election of new KASB officers, an update from KASB President Shannon Kimball about the association’s work and thoughts from KASB Executive Director Dr. John Heim on mixing education and politics. The edition also provides more information on...

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The year in review in Kansas public school education

By Leah Fliter KASB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 2019 saw a lot of changes in Kansas education. The resolution of the Gannon school finance lawsuit was the biggest education policy story of the year but concerns about student health and well-being prompted new recommendations against vaping and bullying.   The State Board of Education’s focus on the continual improvement of Kansas public schools saw the launch of the “Apollo” phase of the school “redesign” initiative. Gov. Laura Kelly reinvigorated the Council on Education, and the state ramped up its focus on early childhood. The year ended with a controversial audit report on K-12...

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2019 KASB Annual Conference evaluations; please provide feedback

Thank you to everyone who participated this weekend in the 2019 KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. It was great to see so many of our members from across the state showing such passion and commitment to education in Kansas. If you did not get a chance to fill out evaluations in the conference app, KASB staff would still very much like your feedback in order to help us plan for future events. Please take a few minutes to complete the Pre-Conference and Conference Evaluation Survey here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BPHWLS2 Thanks in advance for your response!

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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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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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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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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 Board reviews strategic plan, recognizes outgoing members

The KASB Board of Directors worked through a busy and diverse agenda during its meeting in Topeka on Saturday.  Awards were presented to Board of Director members completing their KASB terms of office in December. Recognized were Past President C. Patrick Woods, Topeka USD 501; Region 15 Vice-President Rick Schier, Olathe USD 233; Region 6 Vice-President Susan Walston, Haysville USD 261 and Region 4 Vice-President Curt Herman, Manhattan USD 383  The KASB Legislative Committee joined the board for the first part of the meeting, hearing a report from Leah Fliter, KASB advocacy and outreach specialist, on potential legislative and policy issues...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Tax policy matters for public education

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 For many years, I have firmly believed that the high quality of public education in Kansas is one of the most important and compelling economic development, recruitment, and retention tools available. Our schools play an essential role in the quality-of-life metrics that attract families and businesses to come to or remain in our communities. Often, though, it has been my perception that the role of our schools in these discussions is at best overlooked, or at worst, undervalued or dismissed. So, it was with great excitement that I attended several days of meetings in September...

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