School Board Review

School board leadership elections in July

On April 25, 2019 Sub. for S.B. 130 became the law in Kansas. The new law changes the date school boards elect their board president and vice‐president and changes the date when the board sets the annual meeting dates and locations. The prior law required school boards to elect their president and vice president and set their annual meeting dates and times at the first board meeting in July. The new law now requires boards of education to decide when they are going to elect their board president and vice president and set their meeting dates and times at the first...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Hope for recovery in funding, teacher pay

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 Greetings! It is my honor and privilege to serve as your Association president this year. I have been fortunate to learn from past president Patrick Woods’ leadership throughout this last year, as well as former past president Dayna Miller and incoming president-elect Lori Blake. I thank each of them for their dedicated service to KASB, and I know together our leadership team will work hard to ensure KASB successfully meets the needs of our members and continues to be the leading voice of public education in Kansas. I am serving my eighth year on my...

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July issue of School Board Review features `Comparing Kansas’ report and much more

KASB’s fourth annual comprehensive report that measures Kansas educational outcomes against those in every state is now available in the new issue of School Board Review. Here is a link to the July issue, which includes the five-page “Comparing Kansas” report. The report offers a detailed look into school achievement in Kansas and every state covering 15 measures. The newest SBR also features the first President’s Perspective by Shannon Kimball, a member of the Lawrence USD 497 school board, who takes over as KASB president on July 1. Both she and KASB Executive Director John Heim make the case in their...

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KASB President’s Perspective: Your service on local school board will change the future

By C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 When most people think of elected officials, they think of the Governor, their member of Congress, or their state legislators. These high-profile elected offices are no doubt important; they make the policy that governs our state’s institutions, like our systems for public safety, health and human services, and public finance, just to name a few. However, there are many other critical elected offices at the local level of government which, as your high school government teacher always taught, actually have a more direct effect on your life as an individual.  As a...

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New edition of KASB School Board Review is available

The new issue of School Board Review is available and features stories on the emphasis on early childhood services, a call for school board service as the candidate filing deadline nears, a wrap up of the legislative session and a look at what’s on the horizon for educators. The June issue is available here online and will be mailed out early next week. The edition also contains advice for school boards to reflect on what they did the past year to drive student success, a preview of the new task force that will recommend ways to address bullying, analyses of trends...

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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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Kelly wants review of state tax structure; Education leaders should be involved

By Scott Rothschild srothschild@kasb.org Gov. Laura Kelly says she wants to examine the state tax structure during the interim period before the 2020 legislative session with an eye toward producing a revenue collection system that provides long term stability. Since half of the state budget goes to K-12 funding, an examination of state taxes is something that school leaders should provide input on and follow closely. The stability in Kansas taxes that Kelly seeks has been missing from the Kansas tax system for the past decade. Like most states during the Great Recession, state tax collections in Kansas fell off a cliff in...

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President’s Perspective: Thanks to those who supported SB 16

by C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 Greetings fellow board members.  I write you today having witnessed the signing into law of SB 16, the 2019 School Finance package.  The bill commits an additional $90 million per year for Kansas schools over the next five years to account for inflation, which was not provided for in the five-year school finance package that was passed in the previous legislative session. When I wrote in January, I argued it was entirely possible for the state to promptly resolve the school finance question because of actions the Legislature had taken the previous year to...

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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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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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