Board of Directors

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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April issue of School Board Review focuses on pandemic and school closings

This month’s School Board Review focuses on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Kansas public schools. Because of the pandemic, the issue will only be available online at this time and can be accessed here. The issue reviews developments over the past few weeks that have led to the unprecedented closure of schools and the rollout of stay-at-home continuous learning. The April edition also includes details about federal and state responses to the health crisis that continues to worsen. In addition, SBR covers the numerous tasks and policy and legal changes facing local school boards associated with COVID-19, including paying...

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KASB Board sees successes of Lawrence school district

Each year, the KASB Board of Directors holds one of its quarterly meetings in the home district of the board’s president to learn about the success and challenges of that district. On Friday, the board visited Lawrence USD 497, the home district of KASB President Shannon Kimball, who serves on the local school board. The KASB board started at the Lawrence College and Career Center, enjoying a fantastic meal prepared by the Advanced Culinary Class in which students can earn college credit. Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis gave board members an overview of the district and the district’s five-year strategic plan. With 12,000 students, Lawrence...

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Profile: Laura Guy new Region 12 vice president

Laura Guy Shawnee Mission USD 512 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? I have served for two years. I decided to run because I’ve always been a big supporter of public education. My mom was a teacher and I taught third-grade for several years myself. My kids received outstanding educations in the Shawnee Mission School District and now that they’re grown, I wanted to give back to the community that has given so much to us. What do you do outside of being a board member? I am...

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KASB Board of Directors meeting in Lawrence

The KASB Board of Directors will be on the road this week as part of a tradition of holding one of its quarterly meetings each year in the home district of its president.  The meeting will be held in Lawrence, the home of KASB President Shannon Kimball, who has served on the Lawrence USD 497 school board since 2011.  On Friday, KASB board members will receive an overview of Lawrence public schools and be served lunch prepared by the district’s Advanced Culinary class.   On Saturday, the board will hold its business meeting at the Lawrence College and Career Center.  KASB staff will provide...

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KASB President’s Perspective: First things first: Kids can’t learn if they’re not socially & emotionally ready

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 In early February, representatives of school counselors and mental health professionals from across Kansas testified in Topeka before the House Education Committee on the mental health challenges that students and staff are dealing with in our classrooms. One of the presenters to that committee shared that they were working with a second-grade teacher who had four students attempt suicide this school year. Four students. Second grade. A single school year. Stop reading now, and sit with that for a while . . . When educators and public school advocates talk about the changing and deepening crises...

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March issue of School Board Review available now

The March issue of School Board Review is full of news about what is happening in education from Washington, D.C. to Topeka and throughout Kansas. Here is a link to the publication and a hard copy should be arriving for school board members and administrators in the mail soon. Federal K-12 issues are previewed with insights from NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel and new polling information about the public’s view of public schools. Meanwhile, KASB Advocacy/Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter provides coverage of KASB attendees recent trip to the NSBA Advocacy Institute in D.C. in which Kansas board members met with Kansas’ congressional...

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