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Secretary of State announces Students Serve campaign

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office announced Tuesday a new “Students Serve” campaign to encourage high school students to serve as poll workers in upcoming elections. KASB is a partner in the initiative. Deputy Secretary of State Katie Koupal rolled out the campaign at the Kansas State Board of Education’s June meeting. Koupal said county clerks and election officials have asked for more young people to supplement the current ranks of poll workers. ”This is exciting,” said State Board Chair Kathy Busch, who noted the campaign dovetails with the Board’s civic engagement outcome. “I’m looking forward to getting these materials out...

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KASB Legal Departments provides options for school board leadership elections

A change in state law on the timing of school board officer elections means boards will have to choose whether to extend the terms of current officers or hold a new election of officers to serve until January or until the meeting the board designates in its January meeting for holding elections. The 2019 Legislature passed House Substitute for SB 130, which moves the date when school boards elect officers and set their meeting dates from the first meeting in July to the first meeting after the second Monday in January, the date board members elected in November take office....

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Board of directors June meeting includes strategic planning report, budget approval

The KASB Board of Directors met June 8 in Topeka for its regular business meeting. The board is comprised of 15 regional vice-presidents, elected by their board of education peers, and the executive committee comprised of the president, immediate past president and president-elect. Two non voting members of the board are the president-elect designee and the NSBA Western Region Vice-President. The board discussed and heard reports on the following: Dr. Brian Jordan, deputy director, reviewed staff progress on the KASB 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. Following a retreat by the association’s executive staff in March, a number of modifications are under way regarding...

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Final meeting for second KASB BOLD class set for Derby

Graduations aren’t over yet. The second KASB BOLD class will graduate this month after its meeting in Derby on Thursday and Friday. The final session will focus on risk management, employer paid benefits, health insurance and facility project overview from Derby USD 260 Superintendent Heather Bohaty and staff. BOLD, which stands for Business Operations Leadership Development, focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around the following topics: building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management. Six BOLD sessions, led by KASB leadership staff and experts from across Kansas, are held statewide. The...

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Because of increased demand, KASB adds second building secretaries workshop on June 18

Because of increased demand, KASB has added a second workshop for school building secretaries on Tuesday, June 18 in Topeka. There will also be a building secretaries workshop on Thursday, June 20 in Dodge City.  During these half-day sessions, KASB legal staff will provide legal guidance on issues that building secretaries face every day, such as privacy rights, custody rights and student records.   To register for the newly added afternoon meeting for building secretaries on June 18, go here. To register for the June 20 meeting in Dodge City go here.  KASB also is offering training throughout June in numerous other areas,...

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Gov. Kelly calls for early childhood improvements as community listening tours continue

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday kicked off a community meeting in Hays with a call to strengthen programs serving preschool-aged children and their families as a key factor in workforce development and economic growth.  The Hays event was one of a series of engagement meetings being held across the state, beginning in May and continuing into July. This week, additional events are in Liberal today and Dodge City tomorrow. Here is a link to information on additional meetings in June. School leaders, as well as early childhood providers, parents and community leaders are encouraged to attend the one-hour events, which...

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KASB Policy Updates available

KASB’s Spring 2019 policy updates are now available.   This set of updates reflects the latest legal developments, including the impact of the 2019 Kansas legislative session on recommended school board policies. Updated and current board policies support you as you work to provide a quality educational program.  “Well-written policy ensures compliance with state and federal law, sets a foundation for fair and efficient school governance, and defines the board’s position and expectations in managing and operating local public schools,” said KASB Senior Attorney Angie Stallbaumer. “KASB’s Legal Department is pleased to offer these policy updates to our members.”   This comprehensive assistance in...

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State Board of Education will take up recommendations aimed at reducing vaping

Alarmed by drastic increases in the use of e-cigarettes by Kansas students, the State Board of Education next week will consider recommendations aimed at curbing vaping among young people. The State Board meets Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12. The e-cigarette issue will be considered Tuesday afternoon. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials. Last month, K-12 and state health officials reported significant increases in the use of e-cigarettes, warned about the health problems and addictive qualities of vaping and said new devices are enabling young people to use e-cigarettes secretively in school and use them with illegal...

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Free energy efficiency webinar

The Kansas Energy Program is offering a free webinar to explain Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), which uses energy savings to pay for the cost of energy efficient equipment and systems over time using a single procurement contract.   The webinar will be from 11 a.m to Noon on Thursday, June 20. It’s designed as a preview to a full-day workshop planned for Fall 2019.   The webinar will cover:   How EPCs can work for you and save energy and money for your facility;  History of Kansas EPC Projects;  Kansas case studies;  Changes to the Kansas Facility Conservation Improvement Program;  Energy Performance Contract Workshop in Fall 2019.  For more details...

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School board members, education advocates urged to attend early childhood meetings

School board members and other education advocates are urged to attend early childhood local meetings this week in Hays, Medicine Lodge, Liberal and Dodge City. The one-hour meetings are designed to gather public input on early childhood services and needs in Kansas. Advocates want to put together a statewide strategic plan to enhance access to children and family services. The one-hour meetings will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Fort Hays State University Memorial Union in Hays and 5:30 p.m. at The Peoples Bank in Medicine Lodge; Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Liberal at MacArthur Elementary School; and Thursday...

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