Professional Personnel

Anti-Bullying Week is Oct. 8-14

October 8-14 has been designated by the State Board of Education as Anti-Bullying Week. School officials across Kansas are observing the week as an opportunity to create awareness and address the harm of bullying. The Kansas State Department of Education has numerous resources available here that can be used to help prevent bullying and make schools friendly and safe places.

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SBR: KOMA: Maintaining confidentiality of executive session

BY KASB Legal legal@kasb.org The Kansas Open Meetings Act permits boards of education to enter executive session for closed discussions on narrowly defined topics. Each exception to the open meeting requirement is intended to protect a privacy interest or the rights of an individual or business entity that might be harmed if the matter were discussed in public, or to protect the public interest in the matter being discussed. Board members and anyone invited to participate must keep all information concerning the discussions in executive session confidential. Below are the matters often discussed in closed session by school board: Matters concerning non-elected personnel [...]

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Are nine crisis drills too many? That and other issues to be discussed during Fall Regional meetings

Did Kansas go overboard in requiring nine crisis drills during this school year?  School leaders will have the opportunity to discuss this question and other safety and security issues during the upcoming KASB/USA-Kansas Fall Regional meetings. Here is a link to more information on those events.  On the issue of crisis drills, no other state requires as many as Kansas, with Montana coming closest with eight “disaster drills,” according to a report done by the Kansas Legislative Research Department.  And in Kansas, the whole school must participate in the crisis drills, according to guidance from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  “The [...]

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SBR: We have liftoff! Kansas schools implement sweeping changes

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org As it is, the start of any school year is busy, exciting and sometimes a little scary. But for Kansas teachers, students, administrators and parents, the start of the 2018-19 school year this month brought more apprehension and excitement than usual. This has been the launch year for redesigned schools across the state. Thousands of Kansas children entered school doors in August to a new world of education. Kansas State Board of Education member Ken Willard described the Kansas School Redesign Project as the “beginning of a vision that we have had for a long time.” More than a dozen [...]

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If you want to go where the BOLD go, here’s how to apply

KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development), a leadership development opportunity for new superintendents (within the first two years in their position) and aspiring superintendents, is seeking applications for the 2018-2019 cohort class. Application deadline is Sept. 14, 2018. The 2018-2019 class will be announced by Sept. 21, 2018, and the first class session is scheduled for Oct. 23 and 24. Participants will be selected based on their current role in their district. Aspiring superintendents or new superintendents (within first couple of years) will be given first consideration. Gender, ethnicity, district size, and region of the state will also be considered to [...]

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KASB handbooks now online

Looking for the latest guidance on Open Meeting or Open Records? Making plans for next school year’s School Site Council? Answers and guidance can be found in KASB Handbooks, and access just got easier! The KASB Board of Directors voted in March 2018 to provides access to all KASB handbooks online without additional charge. “By moving all of the content online our members gain quicker access to the information they are looking for, and we can update the content more frequently,” said Carol Pitts, KASB assistant executive director for marketing and public relations. All handbooks were revised by KASB attorneys and staff. “With [...]

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SBR: 2018 session in the books, work continues on school finance

By Leah Fliter lfliter@kasb.org The 2018 Kansas Legislative Session saw legislators repairing the state budget and adding more funds to public schools after adverse court rulings. KASB commended legislators for their work in a statement: After restoring a more balanced tax system last year, state revenues and economic growth have been much stronger than expected. Over the past two years, the Legislature has begun to make investments in public education to stop falling behind inflation and other states and to reverse the decline in measures of student success. CLICK HERE to download the full issue. “The Legislature also began restoring funding for higher education, [...]

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SBR: Limit the scope of collective bargaining

Notice letters for professional negotiations have been exchanged by now, and the board should have reviewed the professional employees’ letter to ensure that the issues raised by the association all concern mandatorily negotiable topics under K.S.A. 72-2218(l)(1)(C). School boards often question why they should be concerned over limiting negotiations to those topics. If the teachers have concerns other than those matters, why not discuss them? The simplest answer is that boards need to avoid diminishing rights which are managerial or quasi-managerial in nature. The board must also ensure that subjects which can be addressed administratively are not included in the agreement. [...]

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Gemini II districts selected in Kansans Can School Redesign Project

Before an enthusiastic crowd on Tuesday, state education officials announced 19 school districts that will take part in the next round of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. Those districts will redesign at least one elementary school and one secondary school around the State Board of Education outcomes of kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study, improvement in graduation and post-secondary rates and social and emotional growth. The selection represents the third round of districts joining the redesign efforts. The original seven districts -- dubbed Mercury 7 after the United States' first team of astronauts -- will launch their redesign programs at [...]

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SBR: Rural schools left ‘Out of the Loop’

Center for Public Education report finds significant student population overlooked Click to read the story from the Center for Public Education Nearly 20 percent of the country’s students are enrolled in rural schools, yet are not provided the same focus in national policy or research as students in urban and suburban school districts. “Out of the Loop,” a new report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA), Center for Public Education (CPE), finds that poverty, isolation and inequities are exacerbated for rural students by the lack of attention to the unique needs of this considerable student population. While not equally distributed across [...]

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