Local Boards

KASB Regional Roundtable meetings will seek input from local school boards

School board members will have the opportunity at upcoming Fall Regional Roundtable meetings to share information with their peers while also providing valuable input that will guide KASB’s agenda in the 2020 legislative session.  The Fall meetings will be held in Stafford and Hiawatha on Sept. 24; Garden City and Topeka, Sept. 25; Colby and Olathe, Sept. 26; McPherson and Greenbush, Oct. 1 and Beloit and Haysville, Oct. 2. For more information, go to this link.    The meetings are structured in a way to encourage more interaction among board members while providing local advocates the opportunity to discuss issues with KASB...

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Threat-assessment school safety sessions will be offered next week by KASB

KASB will conduct three sessions next week on school safety that incorporates threat assessments, which is a strategy gaining use in schools across the nation. The meetings, entitled “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools,” will be held Tuesday at McPherson; Wednesday, Colby and Thursday, Olathe. To register, go here. Randy Weseman, assistant executive director for operations and leadership services at KASB, will provide up-to-date research on threat assessments and why schools should focus on opening lines of communication and trust between schools, law enforcement, staff, students and parents. The workshops will cover the escalating cost of security;...

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September is National Voter Registration Month. Make sure you and your fellow community members are registered.

School board and municipal elections are on tap for this fall so make sure you and patrons in your community are registered to vote. And high school students are encouraged to volunteer at the polls on Nov. 5 and for the primary and general elections in 2020.  September is National Voter Registration Month. Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab is urging residents to make sure they’re registered by going to this link. Schwab’s office, in partnership with KASB, USA-Kansas, KNEA and KSHSAA, is also soliciting Election-Day help from Kansas high school students who are interested in working at polling places around...

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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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Workshops on school safety, legal training and Fall Regional Roundtables are coming up

Helping students stay safe and healthy and succeed will be a big part of upcoming KASB workshops.  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 Sept. 10 at McPherson; Sept. 11, Colby and 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 provide up-to-date research on threat assessments and why schools should focus on opening lines of communication...

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Comments may be submitted on implementing new Perkins Career and Tech Ed law

The Kansas Board of Regents and Kansas State Department of Education staff are implementing the new Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) legislation. This Act reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). A new component of the legislation requires that states determine proposed levels of performance for the new state plan, spanning over a four-year period. Stakeholders have the opportunity to submit written comments regarding how the levels of performance meet the requirements of the law, support the performance of all concentrators, and support the needs of the...

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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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