Professional Personnel

School business officials implementing new state, federal policies

As Kansas school districts implement unprecedented continuous learning plans for students unable to physically attend through the end of May, school business officials are also working to implement new state and federal employment laws.  KASB has provided a series of online interactive meetings for school board clerks, payroll and human resource officers. Those meetings have been recorded, and along with other supporting information, are available for KASB Legal Assistance Fund members by accessing the member portal through a link at the top of the KASB homepage. Click the member portal, log in, then click on “Member Resources,” “Legal Assistance Fund”...

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K12itc provides hotline to assist educators during school closures

K12itc, a leader in providing technology solutions for school districts, has set up a hotline to assist schools with technical questions and challenges as schools increase virtual learning during closures caused by the coronavirus.  The special hotline number is 1-844-841-3506 (toll free) or educators can email covid19help@k12itc.com. The hotline will be staffed and available from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Based in Kansas City, Mo., K12itc is a member of KASB’s Prestigious Partner program, providing schools across Kansas and Missouri with cost-effective, customized IT solutions.   K12itc has also provided a list of services that may be of use during the...

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Committee hears KPERS WAR bill

The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday heard SB 274, which eliminates the employer penalty for the first-time hire of a KPERS retiree aged 65 and over. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the bill advanced. KASB will continue to monitor the legislation.   The bill was sponsored by Sen. Bruce Givens, a former special education administrator, in consultation with KPERS Executive Director Alan Conroy. Givens said the bill would give employers the option to employ late-career retirees who could fill key public education vacancies, particularly in rural areas. The League of Kansas Municipalities also supported the bill, noting it could help cities fill interim...

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School help needed in 2020 Census count

The 2020 Census invitations soon will begin hitting mailboxes across our country and online response will open. Ensuring each Kansan counts holds significance for everyone in Kansas—but especially Kansas schools as the 2020 Census counts affect federal funding for many education programs, like school breakfast and lunch programs. These counts affect federal funding for the next 10 years for Kansas schools, communities, and our state. Let’s ensure that #EachKansanCounts. Early childhood Ensuring that our youngest Kansans, those aged 0 to 5, are counted with their families is essential when it comes to federal early childhood program funding. An estimated 10 percent of...

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March issue of School Board Review available now

The March issue of School Board Review is full of news about what is happening in education from Washington, D.C. to Topeka and throughout Kansas. Here is a link to the publication and a hard copy should be arriving for school board members and administrators in the mail soon. Federal K-12 issues are previewed with insights from NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel and new polling information about the public’s view of public schools. Meanwhile, KASB Advocacy/Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter provides coverage of KASB attendees recent trip to the NSBA Advocacy Institute in D.C. in which Kansas board members met with Kansas’ congressional...

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KASB selects 2020 Leadership for Tomorrow class

The Kansas Association of School Boards is pleased to announce its Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2020.  Participants are nominated and then chosen through an application process that focuses on individual leadership in Kansas public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.  “Every member of this year’s class is already a leader in their local district,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB Executive Director. “Through Leadership for Tomorrow they connect with board members and district leaders in other districts, learning from each other and gathering ideas they can take back home. They will also visit classrooms...

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Registration open for 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Summit in March

By Carol Pitts cpitts@kasb.org Registration is open for the KASB and United School Administrators-Kansas 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan on March 24 and 25. For more information and to register, go here. The second annual summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Also speaking will be the Honorable Marla J. Luckert, Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and Melissa Rooker, executive director Kansas Children’s Cabinet. Current female school board members and school administrators will learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy...

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KASB training, seminars, workshops this week

KASB officials will be conducting training sessions throughout the state this week. KASB attorneys will be helping school officials in training for negotiations. The seminars will focus on setting goals, avoiding and resolving conflict and seeking agreement that serves the best interests of the school district and its staff. The annual training satisfies requirements under the Professional Negotiations Act. Seminars are being held in Dodge City on Tuesday and Wednesday; Lyons on Wednesday and Clearwater and Parsons on Thursday. Meanwhile, KASB will conduct Introduction to Foundations of Boardsmanship on Wednesday in Goodland and Clerks Workshop in Topeka on Thursday. Foundations of Boardsmanship provides...

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Registration open for March 24-25 Women’s Leadership Summit

Registration is open for the KASB and United School Administrators-Kansas 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan on March 24 and 25. For more information and to register for the event, go here. The second annual summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Current female school board members and school administrators will learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy lifestyles, self-confident communication and communication strategies for the board and leadership teams. The summit is also a great opportunity for aspiring leaders, especially classroom teachers who desire...

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Upcoming KASB workshops focus on social, emotional needs and boardsmanship

Meeting the social and emotional needs of students and staff and becoming better board members will be the focus of KASB workshops next week. The “Addressing Social and Emotional Needs of Students and Staff” workshop will start at 9 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 8) at the Alvin A. Morris Administrative Center, Wichita USD 259. For more information. go to this link. The workshop will help education leaders develop a healthier, more nurturing school culture that is trauma-informed. “Foundations of Boardsmanship” will start at 9 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 11) in The Learning Center, Haysville USD 261. For more information, go to this link....

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