Risk Management

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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Employee Benefits Solutions service reaches a new milestone for growth

By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org The ranks of KASB’s Employee Benefit Solutions customers continue to grow, as three additional districts prepare to entrust their employee benefits with the organization. Andover USD 385, Concordia USD 333 and Lyndon USD 421 are the newest customers of EBS. Employee Benefit Solutions, which is offered by the KASB Risk Management Group, is a technology-based service that improves management of both employer sponsored benefits and voluntary benefits. EBS streamlines the annual job of selecting benefits. KASB for decades has offered districts workers’ compensation, property casualty and student accident insurance. With the recent addition of Employee Benefit Solutions, KASB Assistant...

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KASB Employee Benefit Solutions program grows

The ranks of KASB’s Employee Benefit Solutions customers continue to grow, as three additional districts prepare to entrust their employee benefits with the organization.   Andover USD 385, Concordia USD 333 and Lyndon USD 421 are the newest customers of EBS.   Employee Benefit Solutions, which is offered by KASB Risk Management, is a technology-based service that improves management of both employer sponsored benefits and voluntary benefits. EBS streamlines the annual job of selecting benefits.  KASB for decades has offered districts workers’ compensation, property casualty and student accident insurance. With the recent addition of Employee Benefit Solutions, KASB Assistant Executive Director of Risk Management...

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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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Final meeting for second KASB BOLD class set for Derby

Graduations aren’t over yet. The second KASB BOLD class will graduate this month after its meeting in Derby on Thursday and Friday. The final session will focus on risk management, employer paid benefits, health insurance and facility project overview from Derby USD 260 Superintendent Heather Bohaty and staff. 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. Six BOLD sessions, led by KASB leadership staff and experts from across Kansas, are held statewide. The...

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KASB offers`insurance with a purpose’

By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org What if your school district could protect itself against risk AND give back to public education? KASB’s Risk Management Group products offer precisely that opportunity. “We like to call our work ‘insurance with a purpose,’” says Risk Management Group Director Rod Spangler. “Every dollar districts spend on our products goes back out to support student success. No one in this market is in service to education like we are.” KASB for decades has offered districts workers’ compensation, property casualty and student accident insurance. With the recent addition of Employee Benefit Solutions, Spangler says the organization has the capacity...

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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’s Daily Education Roundup, Wed. Feb. 20

The Statehouse was busy with committee meetings Wednesday with KASB testifying on numerous bills. In House Taxation, KASB voiced opposition to SB 22, the tax cut bill that was approved by the Senate. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate director for advocacy, said the Legislature should first address the Kansas Supreme Court ruling to add an inflation adjustment to school funding before working on tax cuts. “Kansas is falling behind other states in education funding, and therefore investment in its own people,” Tallman said. “Before adopting a major reduction in revenue, KASB urges the Legislature to adopt the inflation adjustment to the school...

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SBR: Employee Benefit Solutions earning high marks for efficiency, convenience, service

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org KASB’s newest service to help school districts has been up and running for nearly a year, and the reviews have been outstanding — earning high marks for efficiency, convenience and service. “I am very happy with the way that KASB Employee Benefit Solutions is working for our district,” said Debbie Walburn, treasurer for Silver Lake USD 372. Employee Benefit Solutions, which is offered by KASB Risk Management, is a technology-based service that improves management of both employer-sponsored benefits and voluntary benefits. EBS streamlines the annual job of selecting benefits. We spent the better part of 2017 researching, conducting user...

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