KASB Updates

Highlights from 2018-19 KASB BOLD Final Session

[Read Related Story Here] Derby USD 260 hosted the final session for this year’s BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development) Class on June 13 and 14. The class spent the first afternoon learning from KASB Risk Management Group’s Rod Spangler and Jeremy Woydziak. A panel discussing health insurance benefits included Kati Wolfgang, Wamego USD 320 director of human resources, Russ Miller, Andover USD 385 assistant superintendent for human resources, Matt Morford Newton USD 373 director of business services, and Larry Lyder, Lakin USD 215 superintendent of schools. A second panel joined the group to discuss district risk management profiles with a focus...

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Graduation day for BOLD class

[Read Related Story Here] The KASB BOLD Class of 2018-2019 graduated June 14 following a year-long program that included sessions on building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management. This is the second year for KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development). Participants are selected through an application process, with aspiring superintendents or new superintendents (within first couple of years) given first consideration. The 2018-2019 class included 17 members who participated in sessions lead by KASB staff and guest speakers, including outstanding school leaders and subject matter experts from across...

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KASB seeks applications for president-elect designee

The KASB Nominating Committee is seeking applications for nominations to serve as KASB president-elect designee. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by 5 p.m. Aug. 29. The position will be up for election Dec. 8 at the annual KASB Convention. Candidates will be scheduled for a one-hour interview by the Nominating Committee on Sept. 7. All interviews and deliberations are confidential. The president-elect designee serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of directors until assuming the office of president-elect. The KASB board of directors meets five times a year with most meetings held at the KASB office in Topeka....

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KASB institutes changes to enhance services to members

KASB is shifting some responsibilities within its Legal/Policy Services Department to continue to meet the needs of our members. Angie Stallbaumer will become Assistant Executive Director of Legal Services and Donna Whiteman will serve as General Counsel and Assistant Executive Director of Policy. Under the change, Whiteman will oversee policy development and policy reviews of districts, work closely with the Advocacy Team to provide consistent legal guidance on legislative matters and serve as General Counsel to the KASB Board of Directors. Stallbaumer will lead the department’s day-to-day operations and direction of the legal team. “These changes are being made to improve service,...

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KASB’s Rothschild to present at national conference

KASB Communications Editor Scott Rothschild will give a presentation on the “Get an A in Voting” campaign and other 2018 election season efforts this weekend at the Council of School Boards Associations Communicators (COSBAC) annual conference in Alexandria, Virginia.  "Get an A in Voting” was a non-partisan, statewide public awareness campaign by public education groups, including KASB, and coordinated by Greenbush — the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center -- to foster civic engagement through increased voter turnout in the 2018 general election.   Other groups involved were United School Administrators of Kansas, Kansas PTA, KanSRPA, Game On for Kansas Schools, Kansas Association...

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KASB’s LFT class headed to Manhattan to study school safety, careers for students

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow class will be focusing on student safety and connecting students with career opportunities during its meeting this week in Manhattan USD 383.  School leaders from across Kansas are participating in the 2019 leadership program, which focuses on developing leadership skills and increasing the understanding of key education issues to raise student achievement.  On Thursday, the group will observe a violence drill at Roosevelt Elementary and then participate in a “Leadership through Crisis” session led by KASB’s Gary Sechrist, leadership services field specialist.  On Friday, the class will work on crisis communication and media training, led by KASB’s Carol...

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Student safety, leadership training among upcoming KASB workshops

In the aftermath of school shootings, parents and educators are searching for ways to stop the tragedies. Perhaps not surprisingly, new data reveal districts nationwide are spending billions of dollars hardening their buildings with increased security measures and the latest surveillance technology. KASB’s Randy Weseman, a former school superintendent, however, offers research and timely data that suggest the best way to address violence in schools is to implement evidence-based models of threat assessment to mitigate and ultimately prevent school violence. That involves opening up lines of communication and trust between schools and law enforcement, within buildings between staff, students and parents, and...

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As schools look toward next year, KASB on-site training available

As school officials prepare for the next school year, KASB officials will hit the road across the state to facilitate training of staff, teachers, administrators and board members.   KASB offers numerous on-site training opportunities that provide needed expert instruction while reducing time and travel costs to your district.  You and your staff members can remain in your district while KASB sends experts to provide training in scores of areas that touch on advocacy, community engagement, public relations, legal, leadership and research.  This allows school boards or districts to save time and money while also receiving the up-to-date training that will help your...

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FCC proposal would force schools and hospitals to compete against each other for funds

KASB opposes a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to cap the E-Rate and Rural Health Care funds. Comments on the proposal are due July 15.  The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking invites comment on the FCC’s proposal to cap the overall Universal Service Fund (paid for through a surcharge on U.S. telephone bills) as well as the USF’s E-Rate and Rural Health Care subsidiary funds.   “The Commission believes capping the [Universal Service] Fund overall will strike the appropriate balance between ensuring adequate funding for the universal service programs while minimizing the financial burden on ratepayers and providing predictability for program participants,” the...

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School board leadership elections in July

On April 25, 2019 Sub. for S.B. 130 became the law in Kansas. The new law changes the date school boards elect their board president and vice‐president and changes the date when the board sets the annual meeting dates and locations. The prior law required school boards to elect their president and vice president and set their annual meeting dates and times at the first board meeting in July. The new law now requires boards of education to decide when they are going to elect their board president and vice president and set their meeting dates and times at the first...

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