Board of Directors

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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SBR: KASB Employees recognized for service

Fincham Hartzell The KASB Board of Directors awarded certificates to employees during KASB’s annual Employee Recognition dinner in June. Andrea Hartzell, Communications Specialist, received a certificate for having completed 20 years of service to KASB; Sheryl Fincham, Business Office Manager, received a 10-year certificate and Gary Sechrist, Leadership Services, a five-year certificate. Receiving one-year certificates were Vicki Keller, Senior Claims Adjuster; Jamie Slack, Customer Service Specialist and Craig Wilford, Leadership Services Field Representative. KASB Attorney Ashley Rohleder and Jeremy Woydziak, Agency Services Manager, were introduced as KASB’s new employees.

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SBR: Miller completes term as president

Dayna Miller with incoming president C. Patrick Woods and president-elect designee Shannon Kimball. KASB Board of Directors President Dayna Miller passed the gavel to incoming Board President C. Patrick Woods on June 9. 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. Miller thanked the board and staff and said she learned a lot about Kansas education during the past year. Woods said he looked forward to continuing the [...]

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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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