Board of Directors

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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Profile: Pam Dankenbring is Region 4 representative

Pam Dankenbring Marysville USD 364 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? I have served on the USD 364 School Board for two years and have filled the position of president for six months. I serve as our governmental relations person and on the finance and negotiations committees. What do you do outside of being a board member? I am a district administrator for Kansas Farm Bureau, the largest grassroots agricultural advocacy organization in the state. In that position, I serve as a direct liaison to the 10 county...

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Profile: Joe Beveridge is Region 15 representative

Joe Beveridge Olathe USD 233 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? As of January 2020, I am starting my second four-year term on the Olathe School Board. I have been serving as vice president since July of 2019. When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we moved from Chicago, Illinois to Olathe, Kansas, and one of the main reasons was our admiration for the school district. I ran for school board as someone who felt the district did so many things well and I...

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Kansas’ Frank Henderson selected for position on path to become NSBA president

By John Heim KASB Executive Director Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm once said, “Those who devote their lives to serving our country, children, and neighborhoods are giving back. They have answered the call to serve.”  There are an estimated 49.5 million public school children in the United States. Kansas is home to approximately 491,000 students. The Seaman School District educates about 4,000 students. North Fairview Elementary School in the Seaman School District enrolls around 300 students. A typical class in North Fairview contains about 25 students.   Like most families in the Seaman School District, Frank and Lorraine Henderson had two children. If you have ever talked with Seaman...

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KASB President’s Perspective: New year, new voices but no time to relax

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 The start of the new year and the new semester coincides with an opportunity for new (or renewed) resolve and fresh perspectives on the many opportunities and challenges facing our students and our schools. My local board welcomed three new members at our first January board meeting — I am excited to work with them, learn from them, and add their talents, knowledge, and perspectives to our work together. My district stands to benefit greatly from the experiences and perspectives of these new board members. I look forward to seeing where their fresh resolve takes...

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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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