Risk Management

KASB hires director of new Member Engagement Department

Austin Harris said his K-12 education in Tonganoxie helped make him into who he is today and he wants to give back to public education to help students now and in the future. Austin will get the opportunity as KASB’s new Director of Member Engagement. “Education has always been a passion of mine and driven me,” said Austin, who will begin his assignment on Mon. Aug. 3. At 25, Austin already has a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Baker University and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Washburn University. For the past three years, he has been the director...

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KASB, BuyBoard can help districts purchasing PPE, cleaning supplies

KASB, through its partnership with BuyBoard, a buying cooperative many school districts use for procurement, can help districts access and purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies to assist in the opening and operation of school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed to comply with state laws which require government entities to make purchases from an approved list of vendors that have gone through a competitive procurement process, BuyBoard gives school entities the ability to get volume discounts with the ease of online, web-based shopping and ordering. As a member of our organization, you are automatically a BuyBoard member. If your...

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KASB dues and lobbying

The Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit (LPA) recently sent all local units of government, including school districts, a survey requesting information about the amount of money spent on membership dues to associations that lobby, or for paying lobbyists.  KASB does engage in lobbying, so members should report the amount they paid to KASB in annual membership dues. We have received questions about how much of KASB dues goes to lobbying activities.  First, lobbying is defined in Kansas state law as promoting or opposing in any manner action or nonaction by (1) the legislature on any legislative matter, (2) any executive...

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New property casualty partnership announced

KASB’s Risk Management Group has announced a new partnership that offers school districts a property/casualty insurance option that will also send money back into the classroom.  After ten years with Wright Specialty Insurance (WSI), KASB has pivoted to a partnership with the Kansas Educational Risk Management Pool (KERMP), a member-owned pool comprised of public K-12 school districts in Kansas. The partnership will take effect July 1; districts may solicit bids now.   KASB’s Risk Management Group will also host a Zoom meeting later this month; members should watch their emails for an invitation and link to learn more about the pool.   KASB has...

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KASB Zoom sessions Monday and Tuesday on legal and employee issues

KASB will conduct free Zoom video sessions Monday and Tuesday for KASB Legal Assistance Fund members on legal and employee issues.  No registration fee is required, but participants must pre-register. Registration information has been emailed to Legal Assistance Fund district office staff and superintendents.   At 2 p.m. Monday (April 6), KASB Legal Staff will review and discuss the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and the Children's Internet Protection Act for their impact on online instruction used as part of a district’s continuous learning plan. Topics will include recording and sharing information.  This session will also...

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April issue of School Board Review focuses on pandemic and school closings

This month’s School Board Review focuses on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Kansas public schools. Because of the pandemic, the issue will only be available online at this time and can be accessed here. The issue reviews developments over the past few weeks that have led to the unprecedented closure of schools and the rollout of stay-at-home continuous learning. The April edition also includes details about federal and state responses to the health crisis that continues to worsen. In addition, SBR covers the numerous tasks and policy and legal changes facing local school boards associated with COVID-19, including paying...

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COVID-19 self-audit checklist and best practices

One of the most important obligations of school districts is to ensure the health and safety of its students. In order to help navigate the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the School Leaders Risk Management Association has created a “Health and Safety Plan for COVID-19 Self–Audit Checklist & Best Practices.” In addition to information about the disease, it guides districts regarding how to address the health concerns while keeping in mind the other legal obligations districts must consider. To download the checklist, go here.

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KASB Workers’ Compensation Board of Trustees to meet

The KASB Workers’ Compensation Board of Trustees will meet Friday and start work on putting together rates for the next school year. The meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. at KASB headquarters in Topeka. The Board of Trustees is composed of locally-elected board of education members and governs the KASB Workers Compensation Fund, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of KASB. The Fund was created in 1987 by the association to provide KASB members with affordable, reliable insurance. The fund operates solely for the benefit of KASB members and is designed to return favorable operating results to members through dividends or a...

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KASB BOLD meets this week, focusing on risk management, food service

The KASB BOLD class will conduct its second session Thursday and Friday, focusing on school insurance and food service issues. The session, to be held at the Basehor-Linwood USD 458 district office, will include discussions with KASB and industry experts on property casualty and risk management services, health insurance, employer paid benefits and self-operated and outsourced food service. Twenty school administrators from across Kansas have been selected to participate in the Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) program. In its third year, the program focuses on the day-to-day operating and long-range planning that is needed to run a school district. It helps administrators...

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Gayle Smith joins KASB Risk Management as new Agency Support Coordinator

As the KASB Risk Management Group continues to grow and expand in service to members, it has hired Gayle Smith as Agency Support Coordinator. Rod Spangler, Director of Risk Management, said Gayle “has a strong passion for service and a wealth of professional experience. Her role will touch all of our lines, provide direct client and member interactions and keep the wheel turning in our multi-line brokerage firm daily.” Gayle has long worked in the financial services field, first as an executive assistant at Security Benefit/se2 and then in similar roles at FHLBank Topeka and non-profits. Spangler said the Risk Management Group’s goal...

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