Derby USD 260 shares 2018 bond election path to success during final KASB BOLD class session

The  path followed by Derby USD 260 to the successful passage of a $114 million bond issue was shared during the closing session for this year’s KASB BOLD class last Friday.  This was the sixth and final session for the 2019 KASB BOLD Class which met June 13 and 14 in Derby.  BOLD, 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 class includes administrators from KASB members across the state.  Derby’s school bond election...

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BOLD class discusses risk management profiles, health insurance market transparency

The sixth and final session for the 2019 KASB BOLD class got underway Thursday, hosted by Derby USD 265. BOLD, 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 class includes administrators from KASB members across the state.

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Final meeting for second KASB BOLD class set for Derby

Graduations aren’t over yet. The second KASB BOLD class will graduate this month after its meeting in Derby on Thursday and Friday. The final session will focus on risk management, employer paid benefits, health insurance and facility project overview from Derby USD 260 Superintendent Heather Bohaty and staff. 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. Six BOLD sessions, led by KASB leadership staff and experts from across Kansas, are held statewide. The...

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KASB BOLD class reviews deferred maintenance, human resources, school security

From busted boilers to leaky roofs and toilets that won’t flush, Kansas public school buildings, which average over 50 years old, are in constant need of repair. But many of those repairs are put off because of funding issues. On Thursday, members of the KASB BOLD class met with maintenance, construction and engineering officials to talk about ways to finance deferred maintenance projects. Rusty Roderick, P1 Group vice president, said often maintenance projects get lost in the shuffle because of the pressing needs of day-to-day school operations, changes in staff and a lack of funding, especially when district voters reject bond issues. Roderick...

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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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