KASB Updates

KASB Workers Comp board approves fourth consecutive annual rate decrease

The board of trustees of the KASB Workers Compensation Fund Inc. has approved the fourth consecutive annual decrease in the fund’s rating structure. This year, the decrease will be 8.8 percent. KASB’s Workers Compensation Fund has three “rating tiers.” All tiers have seen rate reductions over the four-year timeframe with the lowest tier seeing more than a 42 percent reduction. “Rates are going down, our reserves are strong,” said Rod Spangler, KASB’s Director of Risk Management. “Actuarially and fiscally, this fund is probably as strong as it have ever been,” Spangler added. The board met Saturday to approve the new rates, which [...]

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KASB using telephone survey to gather information to improve annual conference

Kansas school leaders may be getting an important telephone call in the next few days that will help KASB provide the best, possible annual conference. The call will feature a 10- to 15-minute survey, specifically on the benefits of attending the KASB annual conference, why members attend and the value of the learning experiences offered. “This survey will give us an outstanding opportunity to hear from a cross-section of our members about how we can make our annual conference better,” said KASB Executive Director Dr. John Heim. “We’ll hear from members in all regions of the state, including board members and [...]

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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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Governor’s Education Council meets at KASB; considers student achievement information

KASB and State Board of Education officials Thursday provided detailed student achievement information for the Governor’s Council on Education.  The council, established by Gov. Laura Kelly on Jan. 24, is focused on improving schools, enhancing workforce development and stimulating economic growth.   Meeting for the second time this year, the council reviewed educational attainment and economic data as part of a broad discussion on how Kansas should prepare its citizens for the high-need, well-paying jobs that require instruction beyond a high school diploma.   By 2020, 71 percent of Kansas jobs will require some level of postsecondary education. KASB Chief Data Officer Ted Carter [...]

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Important deadline reminder for Wednesday, May 1 for school board clerks

Here is an important date reminder for Wednesday, May 1 from KASB’s Legal and Policy Services Department: Wednesday, May 1 marks the statutory deadline for school board clerks to provide a list of school board vacancies, boundary changes, and voting plan changes to the County Election Officer. K.S.A. 25-2017a requires the School Board Clerk certify this list and provide it to the county’s election officer by May 1 of odd numbered years. If you are in a district that spans multiple counties, you need to certify that list with the election officer of each county. This Wednesday, May 1 deadline is [...]

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May issue of School Board Review is available with cover stories on major education issues from Topeka to D.C.

As the end of another school year approaches, the May issue of KASB’s School Board Review looks into major education issues that remain unresolved. Specifically, these include the long running Gannon school finance litigation that is before the Kansas Supreme Court and efforts in Washington D.C. to reauthorize of IDEA and the importance of getting an accurate population count during upcoming federal census. The May issue of SBR also includes thanks from KASB President C. Patrick Woods to legislators who supported SB 16 and advice from KASB Executive Director John Heim on the benefits of listening instead of talking. The issue also [...]

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Kelly, school officials urge Kansans to get involved to ensure accurate Census count

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday announced a statewide initiative to make sure every Kansan is counted in the 2020 U.S. Census so that schools and numerous other entities receive their fair share of federal dollars.  Through an executive order, Kelly formed the Kansas Complete Count Committee, which will work with local groups to get an accurate Census count next year.  “The data collected in the Census informs how the federal government distributes funds to our state — through 55 different federal programs,” Kelly said. “And it’s these funds that help to pay for roads, schools, hospitals, emergency services and much more,” [...]

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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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KASB Executive Director John Heim honored at KSU

Longtime educator and KASB Executive Director John Heim has been recognized as the 2019 College of Education Distinguished Alumni Fellow at Kansas State University. Prior to accepting the position of executive director of KASB in 2010, Dr. Heim served as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. He served as school district superintendent in Leoti, El Dorado and Emporia. He taught in Bazine and served as an assistant principal in Lawrence and principal in Brookville. Other teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct professor for Wichita State and Emporia State universities.  In 2009 he was named the Kansas Association of School Administrators [...]

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LFT class hears from two Gemini districts

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org & Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org During the first session of KASB’s 2019 Leadership for Tomorrow class, class members learned about the diversity of Kansas school districts and ways to make informed, reasonable decisions that will affect student success. As part of a get-to-know-you exercise, the class of 27 board members and administrators from across Kansas lined up from smallest enrollment district to largest; then from smallest to largest district in area and from the district with the lowest poverty rate to the one with the highest rate. The exercise showed the variance in Kansas’ 286 districts. Members also noted [...]

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