School Board Review

SBR: Legislative Committee starts work on policies for 2020 Session

KASB’s Legislative Committee in August started work on policy proposals that will also be discussed at Fall Regional meetings in September and October. The committee will meet again in November to finalize recommendations to the Delegate Assembly at KASB’s annual convention in December in Wichita. The Delegate Assembly will vote on the policy positions that will guide KASB advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session, which starts in January. In discussions, committee members said reducing vaping, expanding Medicaid and special education funding were among the major concerns in their communities. The committee also said it will continue discussions for possible recommendations on...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Effective leadership: A matter of trust

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 Back-to-school greetings! Welcome to September. This is always my favorite time of year, both personally and as a parent. I relish the excitement of each of my children as they greet old friends, meet new friends, and take on new challenges and opportunities as the school year really begins to click along. I hope the past month has brought similar excitement, optimism, and success into your lives and your work as board members. In mid-August, members of your KASB leadership team attended the National School Boards Association Summer Leadership Seminar. This is an annual opportunity...

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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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SBR: Deadline August 23, 2019 for Annual Publications Contest

KASB and the Kansas School Public Relations Association are accepting entries for the co-sponsored annual contest recognizing top publications produced by Kansas school districts, cooperatives and vocational-technical schools. Entries must be from KASB members and received by midnight Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Publications produced between July. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 are eligible. Awards will presented during the KanSPRA Annual Conference Oct. 24-25, 2019 in Topeka, Kansas. For more information on the contest and submission details see kasb.org/awards. CLICK HERE to Download the August 2019 SBR.

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SBR: ‘Tis the season to send KASB your data

As we look toward the end of the summer and the beginning of a new school year, we find ourselves playing the reset game. Resetting classrooms, resetting our expectations for a new school cycle, and resetting our data. Okay, so maybe not everyone worries about that last one. But KASB does. The Kansas Association of School Boards is one of the only school board associations in the nation that conducts annual data collections from its members and then shares that information with its members for comparison. This is a value-added service school districts in other states do not have access...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Many decisions await board members who ‘faithfully discharge’ their duties

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 By the time this article hits your mailboxes, local election season will be upon us, with primaries on August 6 and the general election on November 5. Thinking back to my very first school board meeting in 2011, I remember feeling excited and nervous as our county clerk stood to administer the oath of office to me and three other new board members. When we are sworn in, we repeat those words after the clerk, sit down, and get right to business. We may or may not reflect closely upon the words of the oath...

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August School Board Review with feature on restorative justice is available

The August edition of KASB’s School Board Review features a look at restorative justice, columns by KASB leaders and a profile of KASB’s newest regional board member. The issue is available online here and is already in the mail for those who prefer a print copy. Many school districts are incorporating restorative justice to handle student discipline. KASB Advocacy/Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter takes an-depth look into this method. KASB President Shannon Kimball writes about the oath that school board members take to “faithfully discharge" their duties and KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about the anxiety that some students experience on the...

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KASB building undergoing renovations

Like many Kansas school buildings, KASB headquarters in Topeka had aged into needing major renovations. So, starting at the end of May, workers invaded the building to turn back 32 years of deferred maintenance. “It’s a complete retrofit,” said Randy Weseman, KASB’s assistant executive director for operations and leadership services. In addition to home base for KASB staff, the nearly 39,000-square foot facility houses several other tenants and is frequently used by school officials and organizations from across the state for meetings and events. “Our building is extensively used by our member districts and we want to make sure that at our trainings...

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KASB board of directors hears progress on strategic planning, approves budget

The KASB Board of Directors met June 8 in Topeka for its regular business meeting. The board is comprised of 15 regional vice presidents, elected by their board of education peers, and the executive committee comprised of the president, immediate past president and president-elect. Two non-voting members of the board are the president-elect designee and the NSBA Western Region Vice-President. Dr. Brian Jordan, deputy director, reviewed staff progress on the KASB 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. Following a retreat by the association’s executive staff in March, a number of modifications are under way regarding service and support of members. One highlight will...

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Highlights from 2018-19 KASB BOLD Final Session

[Read Related Story Here] Derby USD 260 hosted the final session for this year’s BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development) Class on June 13 and 14. The class spent the first afternoon learning from KASB Risk Management Group’s Rod Spangler and Jeremy Woydziak. A panel discussing health insurance benefits included Kati Wolfgang, Wamego USD 320 director of human resources, Russ Miller, Andover USD 385 assistant superintendent for human resources, Matt Morford Newton USD 373 director of business services, and Larry Lyder, Lakin USD 215 superintendent of schools. A second panel joined the group to discuss district risk management profiles with a focus...

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