Board of Directors

Kelly, school officials urge Kansans to get involved to ensure accurate Census count

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday announced a statewide initiative to make sure every Kansan is counted in the 2020 U.S. Census so that schools and numerous other entities receive their fair share of federal dollars.  Through an executive order, Kelly formed the Kansas Complete Count Committee, which will work with local groups to get an accurate Census count next year.  “The data collected in the Census informs how the federal government distributes funds to our state — through 55 different federal programs,” Kelly said. “And it’s these funds that help to pay for roads, schools, hospitals, emergency services and much more,” [...]

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April issue of School Board Review focuses on upcoming school board elections, safety drill

This year is an election year for school board members and the April issue of School Board Review includes a four-page, pull-out section dedicated to people who want to run for their local board. The section includes information on what school board members do, why the positions are so important for the success of Kansas students and how to file to run for office. Also in the April issue is a special report on a recent crisis drill conducted by Auburn-Washburn USD 437. We hope the story, which illustrates the collaboration between school and emergency responders, helps districts that are contemplating [...]

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Holecek new KASB Region 7 vice president

Darin Holecek Ellsworth USD 527 Region 7 How long have you been a school board member? More than 10 years. Why did you decide to become a board member? I wanted to become more educated on how the school system operates, be involved in public service, and most importantly be involved in local youth and their opportunities for a successful future. What do you do outside of being a board member? For 22 years, employed with the Kansas Department of Corrections; Pheasants Forever (promoting youth and the outdoors); local USBC Bowling Association Manager; hunt; fish; sporting events; concerts; kids and family activities. What experience do [...]

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Cole new KASB Region 3 vice president

Kevin ColeLabette County USD 506KASB Region 3 Vice President How long have you been a school board member? Three years and two years as Vice President of USD 506. I also serve as a three-year board member and two-year Vice President of the SEK Interlocal. Why did you decide to become a board member? My wife, her mother and father are lifelong educators. I appreciated their commitment to impacting lives positively in their daily interactions. All educators change and mold the lives of the students they teach. Educators need advocates for the work they perform and I wanted to be a leader [...]

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Deadline nears for members who want to run for Regional Vice President

Elections will be held for Regional Vice President for KASB Regions 2, 3, and 7 this year on Sun. Dec. 2 during the annual KASB Delegate Assembly.   School board members who wish to run for Regional Vice President should contact one of the Regional Nominating Committee members listed below by Mon. Nov. 26. The nominating committee's responsibility is to provide KASB with the names of board members interested in serving in this position. Candidates must be current members of KASB member-boards of education.   Region 2  Lauren Tice Miller. Shawnee Heights USD 450. lrticemiller@gmail.com, 785.224.7875  Cathy Mcfarlane. Paola USD 368. cateagle@mac.com, 913.244.7040  Karl [...]

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Education leaders share information on student safety during KASB, USA Fall Regional Tour

KASB regional vice presidents Gina McGowan and Lori Blake on Wednesday spoke about the benefits of meeting with other school district officials to talk about student safety. McGowan, who is vice president of Region 7, and Blake, who is vice president of Region 5, discussed the KASB, USA-Kansas Fall Regional meeting in McPherson. Their Facebook Live conversation can be seen here. So far, the meetings, which have been held in Pratt, Haysville, Greenbush, Lawrence, Emporia and McPherson,  have produced wide-ranging discussions, focusing both on making school facilities more secure and meeting the emotional needs of all students. McGowan, who is a member [...]

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Blake recommended for KASB president-elect designee

Lori Blake, a member of the Southeast of Saline USD 306 school board, has been endorsed as a candidate for KASB president-elect designee by the KASB Nominating Committee.   Blake has served for 10 years on the school board, including three years as president and is currently vice president.   She is also a graduate of KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program and is serving in her fourth year on the KASB Board of Directors.   In addition, Blake is executive director of Child Advocacy and Parenting Services, a non-profit that collaborates with community and state partners to improve the lives of children and strengthen families. [...]

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Deadline approaches to apply to serve as president-elect designee of KASB

Thursday is the deadline for those who want to apply to serve as president-elect designee of KASB. The position will be up for election at the annual KASB Convention in December. The president-elect designee serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of directors until assuming the office of president-elect. Additional information and the application form is available at www.kasb.org/nominating

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KASB Board, Legislative Committee work on priorities

The KASB Board of Directors on Saturday continued working on strategic planning and the Legislative Committee began its annual task of recommending legislative priorities for the year. The committee, which is comprised of representatives from each of KASB’s ten geographic regions and the state’s five largest school districts, will forward a final product to the KASB Delegate Assembly on Dec. 2 during the association’s annual convention.  Both the board and Legislative Committee heard reports on the recent primary election, an update on the school finance court ruling and the status of legislative interim committees. Later, the board discussed long- and short-term goals [...]

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SBR: Seitz committed to serving all students

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org As a member of the Blue Valley USD 229 school board, Mike Seitz says he is thankful the district has a community of parents and students “who recognize the value of public education.” And Seitz says he is thankful to serve in various public service roles — the school board, Johnson County Mental Health Center and Baker University Board of Trustees — that allow him to help others. A retired businessman, Seitz says his role as a school board member is to make sure every child in the district has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. He [...]

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