KASB Updates

Awards announced for 2018 KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest

The 27th annual KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest wraps up with 36 awards in ten categories for communications projects submitted by participating districts. “The judges were tough this year,” said Carol Pitts, KASB assistant executive director for marketing and public relations. “Only one entry received a perfect score, Shawnee Mission’s submission in the marketing materials/special purpose publication category. The district’s “Center for Academic Achievement Information Card” was pronounced an “excellent project in every way” by the judges.” Contest submissions are evaluated and judged using a reciprocal arrangement through an NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association) network of other state school public relations. Every [...]

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Get the latest information on education issues at the Advocacy in Action Conference set for Jan. 16-17 in Topeka

With school finance at the top of the 2019 legislative session, education advocates can get the latest information on K-12 issues, visit with legislators and hear from state leaders during the Advocacy in Action Conference in Topeka.  The conference, a joint effort of KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas, will be held Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 16-17 at the Maner Conference Center. To register, go here.  On Wed. Jan. 16, the conference will include talks from state officials and bus transportation to the Statehouse for meetings with legislators. The conference will also include a watch party as incoming Gov. Laura Kelly [...]

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KASB seeks nominations for LFT Class of 2019

By Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org The Kansas Association of School Boards is accepting nominations for the Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019. Any past graduate of the program can nominate colleagues. Individuals can self-nominate and current KASB members can also submit a nomination.   The program is open to any KASB member district’s school board member or school administrator. Because the program is highly interactive, participation is limited. Building-level leaders are encouraged to apply. Board members and district-level administration will be given first priority.   Deadline for nominations is Jan. 18, 2019. Once nominated an application and further instructions will be sent to the nominee, [...]

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Funeral service set for Sara Jean McGhehey

A funeral service for Sara Jean McGhehey will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery and Funeral Chapel, 4700 17th St. in Topeka. McGhehey died last week at the age of 94. She was the wife of Dr. Marion McGhehey, who was the first full-time executive director of KASB, serving from 1961 until his death in 1982. A full obituary for Sara Jean McGhehey is here.

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SBR: Distributions, deviations, ranges, oh my!

by Ted Carter, tcarter@kasb.org Recently, I shared an article on averages and how they can be misleading. This article will expand on that and talk about how the nature of the data being represented can have a huge impact on the averages being discussed. Previously, we talked about the mean (the mathematical average calculated by adding up all the numbers and dividing by the count of numbers), the median (the middle number in a series of numbers), and the mode (the most commonly occurring number). The things we will talk about today could impact all three of these types of averages, but [...]

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LFT Class of 2018 completes program

By Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org Twenty-six education leaders from across Kansas recently completed a year-long leadership development class sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards.   KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 were chosen last January through a nomination and application process focusing on individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.  A combination of site visits, group reflection and collaboration projects were used during the four sessions. The goal is to give the participants time to explore a broad spectrum of issues and concerns related to public education and student achievement. [...]

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SBR: Preparing for 2019 Legislative Session

Education leaders should reach out to legislators By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org With the close of the 2018 general election season, Kansas school leaders are turning their sights toward the 2019 Legislative Session. A new Governor — Democrat Laura Kelly, who ran on a pledge to be “the education governor” — will have to reach across the aisle to work with a Republican-controlled Legislature whose leaders have not always been friendly to public education. Furthermore, the House of Representatives will welcome 30 new members, roughly one fourth of that body. So, what should school board members and other advocates do to prepare for [...]

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Special KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to review Kansas education news in 2018

2018 was an important year in Kansas education news, as the orbit around the sun featured a change in governors, a general election that produced another new governor, more developments in school finance legislation and litigation and an increased focus on school and student safety. Review what happened on the education front in Kansas during a special KASB Live at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Here is the link to participate. KASB staff will discuss the big education issues of the year and preview what is to come in just a few short weeks as the Kansas Legislature convenes Jan. 14.

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SBR: Stewart: Evaluate public relations activities

By G. Kent Stewart, School Admin Prof. Emeritus, KSU, bcsgks1@cox.net During the past 10 months we have talked about public relations activities practiced at the central office level. While most PR activity occurs at the school building level, those utilized by the central office are critically important from the standpoint of developing understandings that engender advocacy. About every three years PR activities should be evaluated. Something similar to a focus group is an effective low-cost evaluation method, and it doesn’t require much time. Barry Flinchbaugh, long-time professor of agricultural economics at KSU, believed community power structure could be charted on a pyramid [...]

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President’s Perspective: ‘Keep it simple’ is a winning equation

by C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 As we head into the holidays, my mind drifts back to the music that I associate with the season. During Christmas, my family would often play music by artists from the Motown Record Label, such as The Temptations, The Jackson 5, etc. We were not alone in our love of Motown. Throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Motown was a virtual hit factory, discovering talent in every corner of the country. Many record labels tried to emulate the Motown success. Legendary music executive and Motown founder, Berry Gordy, had a maxim to which he [...]

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