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Upcoming KASB workshops on safety, legal training

Helping students stay safe and healthy and succeed will be a big part of upcoming KASB workshops.  For more information on KASB learning opportunities, go here and click on upcoming events. 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 Tue. Sept. 10 in McPherson; Wed. Sept. 11, Colby and Thur. 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...

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KASB workshops on IDEA; Special education by the numbers

The National School Boards Association is leading an effort to review and revise the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), called “It’s Time for A Great IDEA.” KASB is conducting three workshops on IDEA, special education in Kansas schools and the 2020 U.S. Census. The first one was in Topeka on Tuesday; the second one is today in Dodge City and then Salina on Thursday. Here are some facts about special education in Kansas.  Enrollment  Nearly one in six Kansas students receive special education services. The number of Kansas students receiving services under the IDEA is growing much faster than overall...

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Numerous education issues tackled at KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Comp meetings

School board leaders from across Kansas tackled numerous education issues Saturday during the KASB Board, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Board of Trustees meetings.  The Board of Directors was joined by the Legislative Committee for an advocacy and communications update and discussion of anticipated topics for the 2020 legislative session. The Legislative Committee then met separately to start work on KASB’s advocacy positions.  The balance of the Board of Directors meeting included reports from staff on results from the Summer 2019 Regional Roundtable discussions, the agenda for upcoming Fall Regional Roundtable meetings and a review of the new KASB Pathways and...

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Vaping task force continues work to curb use of e-cigarettes by students

The state task force on vaping met in Topeka on Monday to discuss research on the negative effect of vaping on health, outreach to students, and to prepare for its September report to the State Board of Education.  The Task Force was established at the direction of the State Board following a presentation by public health officials that shocked state board members. They directed the immediate formation of a Work Group to develop recommendations by June. The work group evolved into a permanent Task Force that will make monthly progress presentations to the State Board; KASB Assistant Executive Director of Legal Services Angie Stallbaumer represents the association on the task...

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Research-based threat assessment key to stopping school violence, KASB’s Weseman says

Research-based threat assessments are key to stopping violence in schools and will be the focus of upcoming workshops at KASB. KASB’s Randy Weseman, a former school superintendent who has studied extensively violence in schools, will conduct three sessions next month on making schools safer: “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools.” In an interview with WIBW, Weseman said the training focuses on opening lines of communication and trust between schools, law enforcement, staff, students and parents. That way, threats can be known and evaluated. "In early work by the Secret Service, that developed the original threat assessment model,...

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More than 120 education leaders participated in KASB Summer Regional Roundtables

KASB’s Summer Regional Roundtables drew more than 120 education leaders and produced discussions on a wide range of school topics. The meetings were held July 30-Aug. 8 in Stafford, Hiawatha, Colby, McPherson, Greenbush/Girard, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe. The average attendance was 15 per meeting, with 12 of those being local school board members. The roundtables were organized around topics of school safety, superintendent evaluation, the upcoming U.S. Census, legislative issues and local challenges. The legislative issues discussed the most were special education funding, including dyslexia; the school bond cap and interest aid; Medicaid expansion; bullying; vaping and funding for pre-kindergarten, at-risk, Supplemental Nutrition...

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KASB Live: Threat assessments in schools — workshops available in September and team training in October

Research suggests the best way to address violence in schools is to implement evidence-based threat assessment models to try to stop incidents from happening or escalating. In this KASB Live video, Randy Weseman, assistant executive director for operations and leadership services at KASB, talks about why schools should focus on opening lines of communication and trust between schools, law enforcement, staff, students and parents. Studies have shows that in nearly nine out of 10 instances of school violence, someone, if not many people, had information about the perpetrator’s intentions but the information didn’t make it to those who could take action...

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KASB Board, Legislative Committee, Workers Comp Board will conduct meetings on Saturday

KASB’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Board of Trustees will hold their quarterly meetings this weekend in Topeka.  The Board of Directors is comprised of four elected officers (president, past-president, president-elect and president-elect designee) and 15 regional vice presidents. Shannon Kimball of Lawrence USD 497 is this year’s President. Past-President C. Patrick Woods of Topeka USD 501 serves as the Legislative Committee Chair. Lori Blake, Southeast of Saline USD 306, is KASB President-Elect.  The regions include 10 geographic areas and five additional regions representing the five member school districts with the largest full-time equivalent enrollment at the time...

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State Board of Education approves mental health grants

More Kansas schools and students will be benefiting from state mental health grants. Earlier this week, the State Board of Education approved $3.8 million to school districts and $2 million to local community health centers for the Mental Health Intervention Team Program for the 2019-20 school year. The effort started last year as a pilot program to increase mental health services for students. Nine districts benefitted from the pilot program last year. Now funds will be going to 31 districts to hire school liaisons who will coordinate services for students between the staff, parents and mental health centers and will also provide...

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Officials raising awareness of school bus law; may seek changes to make it easier to enforce

Alarmed by the number of motorists who drive by stopped school buses that are displaying flashing red lights and have extended the mechanical stop arm, officials are trying to raise awareness of the law and are considering changes in the law to make it easier to enforce. “School bus safety should be a top priority year-round,” said Keith Dreiling, director of the Kansas State Department of Education’s School Bus Safety Unit. “It is the responsibility of everyone to make sure Kansas students remain safe. School buses remain very safe, but we know that student passengers are most vulnerable when they...

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