Board of Directors

Board of directors June meeting includes strategic planning report, budget approval

The KASB Board of Directors met June 8 in Topeka for its regular business meeting. The board is comprised of 15 regional vice-presidents, elected by their board of education peers, and the executive committee comprised of the president, immediate past president and president-elect. Two non voting members of the board are the president-elect designee and the NSBA Western Region Vice-President. The board discussed and heard reports on the following: Dr. Brian Jordan, deputy director, reviewed staff progress on the KASB 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. Following a retreat by the association’s executive staff in March, a number of modifications are under way regarding...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Your service on local school board will change the future

By C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 When most people think of elected officials, they think of the Governor, their member of Congress, or their state legislators. These high-profile elected offices are no doubt important; they make the policy that governs our state’s institutions, like our systems for public safety, health and human services, and public finance, just to name a few. However, there are many other critical elected offices at the local level of government which, as your high school government teacher always taught, actually have a more direct effect on your life as an individual.  As a...

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New edition of KASB School Board Review is available

The new issue of School Board Review is available and features stories on the emphasis on early childhood services, a call for school board service as the candidate filing deadline nears, a wrap up of the legislative session and a look at what’s on the horizon for educators. The June issue is available here online and will be mailed out early next week. The edition also contains advice for school boards to reflect on what they did the past year to drive student success, a preview of the new task force that will recommend ways to address bullying, analyses of trends...

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KASB’s Reeser, Fliter to speak to Wichita group about serving on school boards

Two school board members who impact local and state education policies through KASB will be speaking at the Wichita Area Chapter of Women for Kansas on Saturday. Stan Reeser, a member of the Wichita USD 259 school board and regional representative on the KASB board of directors, and Leah Fliter, a member of the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 board and advocacy and outreach specialist for KASB, will be the feature speakers. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Advanced Learning Library. As the June 3 filing deadline to run for school board approaches, Reeser and Fliter will talk about why they...

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KASB using telephone survey to gather information to improve annual conference

Kansas school leaders may be getting an important telephone call in the next few days that will help KASB provide the best, possible annual conference. The call will feature a 10- to 15-minute survey, specifically on the benefits of attending the KASB annual conference, why members attend and the value of the learning experiences offered. “This survey will give us an outstanding opportunity to hear from a cross-section of our members about how we can make our annual conference better,” said KASB Executive Director Dr. John Heim. “We’ll hear from members in all regions of the state, including board members and...

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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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