Board of Directors

KASB Board president passes the gavel; board receives numerous updates, reports

KASB Board of Directors President Dayna Miller passed the gavel to incoming Board President C. Patrick Woods on Saturday.   The event marked the ceremonial end of Miller’s one-year term as president while Woods’ term officially starts July 1. Miller is a member of the Basehor Linwood USD 458 school board, while Woods is a member of the Topeka USD 501 board.   Shannon Kimball, Lawrence USD 497, will move up to the President-Elect position. The KASB Nominating Committee is seeking applications for nominations to serve as President-Elect Designee.  Applications for the position must be emailed or postmarked by Aug. 30. Additional information and [...]

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KASB seeks candidates for president-elect designee

The KASB Nominating Committee is seeking applications for nominations to serve as president-elect designee. Applications for the position must be emailed or postmarked by Aug. 30. 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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SBR: Reeser focuses on individual plans of study, graduation rates

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org Stan Reeser Recently, Stan Reeser, a member of the Wichita USD 259 school board, visited with a group of students at Wichita South High School where they talked about the challenges they overcame to graduate. Reeser said the discussion with the students left him inspired — not only because of their stories but because of the efforts of their teachers. “It really reinforced to me how much these teachers do for us,” said Reeser. “One thing we always forget is that these educators, they just can’t only be proficient in their subject. They wear so many hats to get [...]

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SBR: ‘Purple Lady’ well known in district where she grew up, attended school

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org Brenda Jones is affectionately called the “Purple Lady” because she always wears purple. She hears that a lot because as Jones says, “I have 22,000 kids. They are all my babies.” That’s how many students there are in Kansas City USD 500 where Jones has been a school board member for 11 years. Jones was born and raised in Kansas City and graduated from the historic Sumner High School, which was built as a segregated school. Jones said she received an excellent education there because top quality black teachers were drawn to Sumner High since they were paid, [...]

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SBR: Art Gutierrez serves as role model for students in Emporia district

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org Art Gutierrez For Art Gutierrez, serving on the Emporia USD 253 school board has been a good fit. Gutierrez was recently elected to the KASB Board of Directors as the Region 2 Vice President. As head of Systems and Technical Services and an associate professor at Emporia State University, Gutierrez’s knowledge and experience with technology makes him a great advocate as the school district improves student achievement through the use of advanced technologies. “That’s something I know about and can contribute to,” Gutierrez said. “At the college level, we are having these same discussions about student readiness and strategies we [...]

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SBR President’s Perspective: Shout our story from the rooftops

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458   Click Here to Download The Legislature lurched to a contentious end of its regular session and, like many recent legislative sessions, the main argument was over school funding. We, as education advocates, know there is probably nothing more important to fight for than the quality of the education we provide for the next generation. But I’m sure there is a certain amount of weariness felt by some in the general public about these seemingly never-ending, political battles over school funding. For those Kansans who don’t spend the majority of their waking hours in the school finance [...]

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KASB President-Elect Woods provides input on school finance to advisory panel

KASB President-Elect Patrick Woods recently spoke about school funding to the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The Civil Rights Commission is investigating the effect school finance systems have on educational access and any disparities that exist based on racial, ethnic and gender groups. The commission advises the president and Congress and state advisory committees are appointed by the commission to conduct state-level inquiries and provide recommendations to the commission. Woods has long been involved in Topeka schools and is a member of the Topeka USD 501 school board. He works for Westar Energy where he is [...]

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Henderson re-elected to national school board leadership position

Frank Henderson Jr., a longtime education advocate on the local, state and national levels, was recently re-elected to the National School Boards Association’s Board of Directors as the Western Region Director.  Henderson, who is a member of the Seaman USD 345 school board, is on the KASB Board of Directors and has served as KASB president, said he was honored to be re-elected to a three-year term by the NSBA Delegate Assembly during the organization’s annual conference earlier this month in San Antonio.  “NSBA continues to be the premier voice for America’s school children, serving as the Washington office for 90,000 school [...]

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SBR: KASB leaders explore school equity

Click here to read the full KASB Magazine By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org Four Kansas school board members recently attended the National School Boards Association’s third annual Equity Symposium in Washington, D.C. The board members represent rural and suburban school districts with student enrollments of 350 to 30,000; some have served on their boards for more than 10 years, while one took office in January. Though their board tenure and school district demographics differ, Dayna Miller, Frank Henderson, Rod Stewart and Brian Geary said the Equity Symposium is an important opportunity for school leaders to learn more about how to support the success of [...]

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KASB Board hears about numerous programs at Basehor-Linwood USD 458 during meeting

Basehor-Linwood USD 458 rolled out the welcome mat for the KASB Board of Directors and executive staff Friday and Saturday. The KASB Board holds one of its five yearly meetings in the current president’s school district.  This growing district in northeast Kansas -- KASB President Dayna Miller’s home district -- serves 2,400 students in six attendance centers in addition to operating a virtual school program.  The board of directors gathered Friday for lunch in the new district’s new CTE Center on the campus of Basehor-Linwood High School. Presentations by students and staff included the adult mentoring program and “Care Cats,” a [...]

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