KASB Updates

Hotel reservations for KASB Annual Conference opens Wednesday morning

The KASB 2019 Annual Conference is using a Housing Bureau system to make reservations for the event in Wichita. The Housing Bureau will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday. School District Clerks have been sent an email from KASB with the access link. The Housing Bureau is a website that will show exact room availability and rates at the Hyatt Regency Wichita as well as the overflow hotels: Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview and The Fairfield Inn and Suites Wichita Downtown. These hotels were chosen based on their proximity to the Hyatt, Century II and Wichita’s free downtown shuttle the Q-Line as well...

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September issue of School Board Review is out; focus on vaping

The September issue of the KASB School Board Review focuses on the alarming increase in the use of e-cigarettes by young Kansans and includes articles covering numerous other education issues. The issue, available here online and in the mail to school leaders, also includes columns by KASB President Shannon Kimball and Executive Director John Heim. In addition, Mark Tallman, KASB’s associate executive director of advocacy and communications, provides further analysis of the achievement gap in the second installment of a three-part series. SBR also includes coverage of KASB’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Committee; KASB Annual Survey data;...

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Wealth of public school data in new KASB Annual Surveys

The KASB Surveys 2018-19 Annual Report, which covers a wide range of data gathered from public school districts, is now available.  Here are links to a new summary report and a KASB Live video on the surveys with KASB Chief Data Officer Ted Carter.  The survey results are available to school districts and other education advocates while district level data is available to KASB members under the member portal. For more information or to ask questions about the data, contact Carter at tcarter@kasb.org.  KASB is one of the only school board associations in the nation that conducts annual data collection from its members and...

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At KASB workshop, national school board advocate reports on funding, special education battles in D.C.

The head of NSBA’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. said Thursday there is bipartisan support in Congress to phase in fully funding special education at the federal level but that education funding in general has been caught in some political tangles. Chip Slaven, the chief advocacy officer for the National School Boards Association, was in Kansas this week, speaking at KASB-held events in Topeka, Dodge City and Salina. A portion of each session was devoted to discussing efforts in Congress to modernize and fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When first enacted in the 1970s, Congress promised to...

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KASB staff to lead several sessions at Kansas Middle School Administrators conference

Members of the KASB Leadership Services Department and Legal/Policy Department will give presentations at the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators conference on Sept. 23 at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka. Britton Hart, leadership services and partnerships director, will lead a session entitled “What’s in it for me?” This session will have leaders reflect on one change that really “stuck,” one change that continues to be a struggle for people to embrace and implement, and identify possible reasons for the differences. Sue Givens, leadership field services consultant, will lead a session entitled “Culture for Breakfast,” which will explore ways that...

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Deadline is 5 p.m. today to apply for KASB 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. today. 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. The...

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Upcoming KASB workshops on safety, legal training

Helping students stay safe and healthy and succeed will be a big part of upcoming KASB workshops.  For more information on KASB learning opportunities, go here and click on upcoming events. Randy Weseman, assistant executive director for operations and leadership services at KASB, will conduct three sessions on making schools safer: “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools.” These meetings are Tue. Sept. 10 in McPherson; Wed. Sept. 11, Colby and Thur. Sept. 12, Olathe. During these sessions, board members will discuss what measures schools are taking and should be taking to keep their schools safe.  Weseman will...

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Numerous education issues tackled at KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Comp meetings

School board leaders from across Kansas tackled numerous education issues Saturday during the KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Board of Trustees meetings.  The Board of Directors was joined by the Legislative Committee for an advocacy and communications update and discussion of anticipated topics for the 2020 legislative session. The Legislative Committee then met separately to start work on KASB’s advocacy positions.  The balance of the Board of Directors meeting included reports from staff on results from the Summer 2019 Regional Roundtable discussions, the agenda for upcoming Fall Regional Roundtable meetings and a review of the new KASB Pathways and...

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Tell your story at the 2019 Annual Conference Breakout Session Proposals

Today is the deadline for proposals to present at the 2019 KASB Annual Conference. The 60-minute presentations will be given on Saturday, December 7 in Wichita, Presenting at the KASB Annual Conference is a great way to tell your story. We know all districts are working on innovative ways to improve student success from pre-K to post graduation in addition to addressing the challenging social and emotional needs of young people. We encourage KASB member entities to take this opportunity to share best practices, effective strategies that lead to student success, and expand understanding of emerging issues in education. The best presentations honor...

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KASB staff to learn `Finding Your Why’ during Monday professional development session

KASB staff will spend Monday in a unique professional development opportunity entitled, “Finding Your Why.”  KASB’s Board of Directors and staff have been working for the past year on strategic planning and aligning departmental and personal goals with the strategic plan. The Monday session will supplement a book discussion this past spring on “Why the Mighty Fall,” by Jim Collins.   Risk Management Director and assistant executive director Rod Spangler attended “Finding Your Why” training a few years ago. “It was easily in the top 3 professional development activities I have ever participated in, throughout my entire career,” Spangler said. “We are...

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