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In Your School Board Review: KASB Risk Management’s Health Insurance Consulting Saves Districts Money

KASB Risk Management’s newest service — Health Insurance Consulting — is saving school districts money. Sublette USD 374 Superintendent Rex Bruce said use of the health consultant saved the district $45,000. “The process was easy and I recommend it to any district wanting to obtain the lowest possible rates,” Bruce said. For Sublette, KASB’s health insurance consulting partner McInnes Group shopped rates from other health insurance companies and when they sent their findings, Bruce took the numbers to the district’s current agent “and after three days our current provider lowered our annual rates by 11 percent.” McInnes received 20 percent of the savings,...

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KASB Legal can assist in developing MOU under juvenile justice reforms

Under juvenile justice reforms approved by the Legislature in 2016, school districts must enter into a memorandum of understanding with law enforcement and criminal justice. The MOU needs to establish guidelines on how and when school-based behaviors are referred to law enforcement or the juvenile justice system with the goal of reducing referrals and protecting public safety. The KASB Legal Division has developed a sample MOU in cooperation with the Kansas State Department of Education. School districts needing a sample MOU or any assistance can contact the KASB Legal Division at 785-273-3600 or email KASB Assistant Executive Director of Legal Services...

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In Your School Board Review: Henderson urges action during Congressional recess

KASB Past-President Frank Henderson is urging Kansas school board members to make time this summer to hone their federal advocacy skills with help from the National School Boards Association and an August meeting at KASB. U.S. Senators and Representatives are working in their home districts and won’t return to Washington, D.C. until Sept. 5. Henderson says now is a perfect time for school leaders to strengthen relationships with elected officials and their staff and to talk about how federal policies effect Kansas students. For KASB’s in-depth interview with Henderson about summer recess action and NSBA’s Summer Recess Action Guide, go...

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SBR President’s Perspective: Many challenges before us

by Dayna Miller KASB President Basehor-Linwood USD 458 In keeping with tradition, the transition from one KASB president to another occurred recently without a hitch. Amy Martin completed her tenure as president on June 30. I took over the role July 1. A lot happened under Amy’s watch and I, and education advocates across the state, want to thank her for helping guide public school students over the past few years as a member of the Olathe USD 233 school board and as a leader with KASB. Amy’s work with KASB is not over by a long shot. As the immediate past president, she...

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School Board Review back-to-school issue is out

After summer vacation, School Board Review returns to welcome the new school year.  The issue features our first column from new KASB President Dayna Miller, of Basehor-Linwood USD 458, and KASB Executive Director John Heim’s take on the first day of school.  KASB Past-President Frank Henderson discusses the need to advocate on federal education issues and we also offer a rundown of the work completed by the state Legislature.  The issue also includes an article on money-savings from KASB’s Health Insurance consulting program, research on young adult success and timely legal advice for school boards.  We hope you enjoy the August issue of...

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KASB announces BOLD new leadership opportunity

KASB Leadership Services is launching a new program this fall: KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development).  The program is similar to KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program, but focuses on the financial, facilities and planning side of leading a school district. The program was developed primarily for new superintendents (within the first two years in their position) and aspiring superintendents to provide knowledge and skill development around seven key areas:   Building and facilities master planning;  Technology planning;  Finance strategies and planning;  Procurement processes;  School security;  Risk management; and  Human resource management.  The first cohort class will be limited to 20 individuals. Participants...

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More than 600 attend KASB New Day in Kansas Education tour

More than 600 people participated in KASB’s recently-concluded statewide advocacy tour declaring “A New Day in Kansas Education.”  At every one of the nearly 30 stops over the past three weeks, attendees voiced appreciation for the new school finance formula and investment approved by the Legislature and the Kansans Can vision approved by the State Board of Education.   And while many expressed enthusiasm that there is a new day in Kansas education, concerns were expressed that the increased funding may not be enough after years of inadequate funding and that leading the world in the success of each student will...

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KASB Advocacy Tour concludes today; more meetings available upon request

Approximately 600 education advocates across the state have participated in the KASB Advocacy Tour — “A New Day in Kansas Education.”  After three weeks of crisscrossing the state, the meetings conclude today with stops in Emporia and Paola. But if anyone wishes to have a KASB advocacy presentation and conversation, please contact Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy, or Rob Gilligan, governmental relations specialist, at mtallman@kasb.org or rgilligan@kasb.org or call 785-273-3600. During the nearly 30 meetings, Kansans displayed their commitment to the state’s public education system by sharing their enthusiasm, concerns and hopes moving forward.   Many of their comments have...

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Total solar eclipse means school is out in some districts

Snow days in August? Yes. Some districts are cancelling school Mon. Aug. 21 because they are located in the best viewing area for the rare solar eclipse and expect to see thousands of tourists and visitors jamming up their streets. Atchison USD 409 posted on its Facebook page: “Due to increasing numbers of visitors for the eclipse, potential traffic issues, and conferring with the City/EMS, USD 409 will not hold classes on August 21st.” With Brown County officials promoting solar eclipse events, the Hiawatha USD 415 school board went the same route. Superintendent Lonnie Moser posted on the district’s Facebook page: “The board...

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KASB Legal offers numerous services on negotiations

KASB’s Legal Department offers numerous services related to negotiation issues as part of the annual Legal Assistance Fund.  The $1,650 annual fee provides districts telephone consultations, webinars, sample negotiation language and more.  Individual representation for on-site negotiation, impasse and fact finding is also available for additional fees.  KASB’s Legal Services also has a new service that will provide an annual review of a district’s negotiated agreement for an annual fixed rate based on the number of pages of the agreement.  Because of the late legislative session, the pending school finance case before the Kansas Supreme Court and budget software not being released, some...

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