KASB BOLD class will be in Topeka this week to learn about deferred maintenance, human resources and more

KASB’s BOLD class this week will explore the nuts and bolts of deferred maintenance of school facilities and human resources, working with school boards and leading through change.  The two-day session will take place on Thursday at Topeka USD 501’s Center for Advance Learning and Careers and on Friday at KASB headquarters.   BOLD, which stands for Business Operations Leadership Development, focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around the following topics: building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management.   The six BOLD sessions held around the state are led by [...]

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BOLD class learns ABCs of bond issues

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org Bringing a school bond issue to a successful public vote and then carrying through with the construction projects requires years of planning and expert assistance. That was the message from education, financial, architecture and construction leaders to KASB’s BOLD class of school leaders recently. “There is a lot of time and energy that goes into a bond issue,” said Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Superintendent David Howard, whose rapidly growing district has had two approved bond issues since 2015. Howard said to win voter approval, school districts must enlist the help of community leaders to explain the needs of the district [...]

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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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BOLD session focusing on school construction projects

KASB’s district leadership program continues Thursday and Friday with a BOLD session on financing and building school construction projects.   BOLD stands for the Business Operations Leadership Development program, which focuses on developing knowledge on building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. BOLD includes six training sessions that were developed by KASB leadership staff, KASB partners and experts from across the state.  This week’s session will be hosted by Basehor-Linwood USD 478.  From noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, BOLD participants will attend sessions on preparing for a bond, how projects are financed, [...]

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KASB’s BOLD leadership class coming to Topeka this week

The 2018-19 BOLD class of school district administrative leaders will learn about insurance, risk management, employer paid benefits, budgeting and working with school board members during a two-day meeting this week in Topeka. The meeting will take place Thursday and Friday at Topeka USD 501’s Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers and the KASB office. BOLD stands for Business Operations Leadership Development; a project offered by KASB’s Leadership Services. The program focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies and planning, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. Six sessions [...]

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Efficient information technology management the focus of BOLD’s November session

The second session for KASB’s Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) Class was held Nov. 13 and 14 in Goddard. The first day focused on food service and the second day on technology.   Goddard USD 265 district leaders joined the group to discuss the district’s decision to partner with K12itc, a technology management company based in Kansas City.  Staff turnover and outdated equipment were among the reasons the growing suburban district west of Wichita knew it was time to change its approach to technology management, including the district’s phone system, classroom technology and data security.   Goddard USD 265 operates 12 buildings with an [...]

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KASB BOLD class explores school food service management

Most schools across Kansas run the largest restaurant in town, and that makes the challenges of rising costs, staff shortages and the all important “what’s for lunch” question top priorities for school administrators. KASB’s BOLD class focused part of its two-day session this week on food service management. Aided by KASB Prestigious Partner Opaa! Food Service Management, BOLD class members reviewed requirements of Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the federal law that funds child nutrition programs and free lunch programs in schools, and how these regulations translate to a local school food service operation.   The Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) session was held [...]

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Board relations, technology management focus of first session for 2019 KASB BOLD

The opening session of the 18 newly selected KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development) class members met Oct. 24 and 25 in Lawrence, focusing on board leadership and technology management.   The first afternoon began with an overview of the seven two-day meetings that will run over the next nine months. A panel of current and former school board members joined the group to share the board’s perspective on working with the district leadership team. The panel included Dayna Miller, KASB past-president and board member in Basehor Linwood USD 458, Rod Stewart, Washington USD 108 board member and past-president of KASB, and former [...]

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Second class of BOLD school leaders starts today

KASB’s second class of BOLD school leaders kicks off today in Lawrence. The Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) program focuses on developing knowledge on building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. After introductions and an overview of the BOLD program, the school administrators Tuesday will hear about the art of board relationships from KASB leadership staff. Then BOLD participants will hear from a panel of present and former school board members that includes Basehor USD 458 board member Dayna Miller, Washington USD 108 board member Rod Stewart and former Lawrence USD [...]

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KASB announces second class to participate in BOLD program

KASB Leadership Services recently announced its second class to participate in the Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) program. The program focuses on developing knowledge on building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. BOLD includes six day-long training sessions that were developed by KASB leadership staff, KASB partners and experts from across the state. Those selected for the 2018-19 class are: Kellen Adams, executive director of fiscal and support services at El Dorado USD 490; Richard Bell, assistant superintendent of personnel and operations at Maize USD 266; Ben Boothe, director of secondary [...]

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