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KASB Board of Directors Profile: Lara Bors

Lara Bors, KASB Board of Directors Region 10 Vice-President Garden City USD 457 Board of Education Lara Bors’ reasons for first seeking a seat on her local board of education came from a commitment to community service and an even greater commitment to education. “My son, who was going to start kindergarten the next school year, asked why I was doing it and I explained to him that I wanted to make sure he had the same or better educational opportunities that I had,” she said. Bors is a product of the Shawnee Mission School District. A political science degree from Truman State...

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May issue of School Board Review explores trauma-informed schools

The May issue of School Board Review is out and focuses on the increasing number of students who have experienced trauma in their lives and how educators are helping these children cope and succeed. The issue also includes a look at one of Kansas’ National Blue Ribbon schools, McKinley Elementary School in Abilene, a question and answer session with State Board of Education Vice Chair Kathy Busch and a profile of new KASB Region 10 Vice President Lara Bors. In addition, longtime educator Kent Stewart discusses the many factors that must be taken into account to make accurate enrollment projections. The May...

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Kansas House and Senate resolutions commend KASB’s 100 years of service to education

Resolutions passed by the Kansas House and Senate yesterday honored the Kansas Association of School Boards for its 100 years of service to public education. Carrying the Kansas Legislature resolutions were Representative Fred Patton, Seaman USD 345 Board of Education and a KASB Past President, and Senator Lynn Rodgers, Wichita USD 259 Board of Education. Text from each resolution can be found at kasb.org/about-us/ Guests of both houses were KASB Board of Directors Amy Martin, President, Olathe USD 233; Don Shimkus, Past-President, Oxford USD 358; Dayna Miller, President-Elect, Basehor-Linwood USD 458; and Patrick Woods, President-Elect Designee, Topeka USD 501. Regional vice-presidents in...

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Legislature to recognize KASB’s 100 years of service on Tuesday

A resolution congratulating KASB for 100 years of serving the educational interests of Kansas will be before the Legislature on Tuesday. Both the House and Senate are scheduled to take up the resolution honoring KASB, a non-profit organization that serves the governing boards of school districts, community colleges, vocation-technical schools, cooperatives, interlocks and regional service centers. KASB officials will be on hand during consideration of the resolution.

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KASB STATEMENT: Good start on school funding, now finish the job

The regular session of the Kansas Legislature has made a good start on addressing funding for Kansas public schools. But there is a great deal of important work that must be completed when Legislators return for the wrap-up session on May 1 to help more Kansas students prepare for success. That was the consensus of directors of the Kansas Association of School Boards meeting in Olathe this past weekend, and it’s a message they want local school leaders and supporters to share with their Senators and Representatives over the next three weeks. Here are the positives: after months of study and...

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KASB: Good start on school funding; now finish the job

The KASB board of directors believes the school finance plan developed by a bi-partisan group of the House K-12 Education Budget Committee represents a good start on school funding. “The plan developed by the House committee is not just a replacement for the block grant system or a minimal response to the Kansas Supreme Court. It could be a historic legacy for this Legislature and governor. The Legislature should approve it, accelerate it, and fund it,” KASB stated. Here is a link to the full statement. The proposal includes accountability tied to the State Board of Education’s Kansans Can goals, maintains...

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I’m From Kansas: Some advice for the United States Secretary of Education

Kansas has long been recognized as a national leader in education. Compared with other states, Kansas public schools have high levels of student success for relatively low levels of spending. Of course, part of being a leader is pushing the envelope and sometimes the envelope pushes back when mistakes are made. We have had those moments as well. The Kansas Association of School Boards celebrates its 100th year of service this year, but one only has to go back about a decade to see that Kansas was ahead of its time with a decision that did not work out as...

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KASB Risk Management Division works to maximize funding

KASB’s Risk Management Division continues evolving to help school districts reduce their risks and maximize their dollars so they can provide more funding in the classroom. In 2016, KASB Risk Management re-branded, changing its name from Insurance Services, and also changed the way it marketed products. In addition, KASB Risk Management added a new service — health consulting to help members better manage health care costs. The division also offers workers compensation insurance, property and casualty insurance, student accident insurance, a natural gas consortium called KJUMP and Section 125 & voluntary insurances. Most recently, KASB Risk Management created the position of Customer...

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KASB testifies on income tax, statewide mill levy

KASB testified in support of raising the state income tax rates and continuing and possibly raising the statewide mill levy to help fund K-12 education before the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee Tuesday. SB 192 would increase individual income tax rates, add a third bracket and repeal future rate reductions. It is somewhat similar to HB 2178, which was vetoed by Governor Brownback, and estimated to raise $578.5 million in FY 2018 and $440.5 million in FY 2019. KASB testified in support of the bill, although it indicated that the revenue would not cover the entire budget problems of the state. The Kansas Center for Economic Growth testified as neutral because the...

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School finance ruling 11 am today, KASB webinar on decision 4 pm

The Kansas Supreme Court will issue its decision on the Gannon school finance case at approximately 11 a.m. today and KASB will conduct a webinar on the ruling at 4 p.m. today. To join the webinar please go to https://kasb.adobeconnect.com/e7lpk03mtq3/event/login.html . If you have participated before, look for the blue text stating “If you have registered with us before, please click here.” You will be taken to a new page. For those who cannot participate in the live webinar, it will be archived at kasb.org/legiswebinars. KASB's Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy, and KASB attorney Lori Church will provide analysis...

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