Professional Personnel

Training for Evaluation of Principals and Teachers scheduled

KASB will offer it annual Training for Evaluation of Principals and Teachers in July. The first session will be held July 23 in Wichita and the second one on July 28 in Dodge City. For more information and to register, go to this link. This training is geared toward principals and teachers who are seeking best practices with the evaluation process to drive professional growth. The morning session will focus on evidence and artifacts seen throughout the evaluation. The afternoon will discuss the evaluation timeline and process. Team trainings can be scheduled for individual districts if needed.

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KASB School Law Workshop set for July 21

The KASB School Law Workshop 2020 will be held both on-site and online on Tue. July 21. The workshop for school attorneys, administrators and board member will cover numerous topics, including the legal implications of school closures during health emergencies, negotiations, board policy updates, IDEA and the relationship between the law and technology in schools. The workshop will be offered onsite at KASB in Topeka (includes lunch) and simulcast via Zoom for those who register to attend the hosted virtual session. A KASB staff member will facilitate the virtual session, which could be limited on the number of participants to accommodate...

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects LGBT people from job discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that civil rights laws protect LGBT people from job discrimination, a decision that will impact public school employment and possibly students’ rights. KASB attorneys are currently analyzing the decision and will provide more information as soon as possible to Kansas education leaders. In a 6-3 decision, the court said a key provision of the 1964 Civil Rights Act known as Title VII that prohibits discrimination in employment because of sex, also prohibits discrimination against workers based on sexual orientation or transgender status. “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that...

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KASB Board forms group to work on equity in schools

The KASB Board of Directors on Saturday approved forming a committee that will work to ensure equity in Kansas public education. KASB President Shannon Kimball said recent deaths by African-Americans at the hands of police and others and worldwide demonstrations against institutional racism have shown more needs to be done to make education equitable. “We all have felt the impact of everything that has been going on in our country the past several weeks. We just cannot be silent on these issues as an association,” said Kimball, who is a member of the Lawrence USD 497 school board. Board member Frank Henderson,...

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School boards turn to Zoom for hiring

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org Hiring a school superintendent is arguably the most important decision a local school board will make. The superintendent is the CEO of the district, implements the board’s policies and often serves as a leader in the community. Now imagine filling that position without the benefit of having in-person interactions with the candidates for the job. That’s what school boards have been experiencing during the coronavirus pandemic as boards and job candidates comply with social distancing and quarantine restrictions. “I would much prefer to shake their hand and look them in the eye and talk with them,” said Dan Patterson, president...

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KASB LAF clerk, HR, payroll briefings set for May 5, May 19

The next session for KASB Legal Assistance Fund clerks, human resources staff, payroll and superintendents will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.   KASB leadership and legal staff have held weekly briefings on district-office financial and business-related functions, including employee benefits, payroll, contract fulfillment and assigned duties among other related topics for legal assistance fund members since mid-March. A poll of those participating in last week’s session indicated support for moving to a semi-weekly schedule with the option of scheduled additional sessions if needed.  To register, watch for an email to Legal Assistance Fund members later in the week. If you have...

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KASB online this week: Board forum, HR Coaching, new property insurance solution

KASB will conduct a virtual forum this week for board members and a session on Human Resources Coaching and Consulting. The Human Resources and Coaching session will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday and is open to those registered for the online learning experience. The program offers pre-recorded videos from KASB attorneys Ashley Rohleder and Sam Blasi, online supplemental materials, follow–up virtual sessions and personal consultations to help district staff navigate the ins and outs of employment law and other legal and personnel issues. The Human Resources coaching video is on the training portal, here. The Human Resources Coaching...

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KASB dues and lobbying

The Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit (LPA) recently sent all local units of government, including school districts, a survey requesting information about the amount of money spent on membership dues to associations that lobby, or for paying lobbyists.  KASB does engage in lobbying, so members should report the amount they paid to KASB in annual membership dues. We have received questions about how much of KASB dues goes to lobbying activities.  First, lobbying is defined in Kansas state law as promoting or opposing in any manner action or nonaction by (1) the legislature on any legislative matter, (2) any executive...

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KASB Zoom sessions Monday and Tuesday on legal and employee issues

KASB will conduct free Zoom video sessions Monday and Tuesday for KASB Legal Assistance Fund members on legal and employee issues.  No registration fee is required, but participants must pre-register. Registration information has been emailed to Legal Assistance Fund district office staff and superintendents.   At 2 p.m. Monday (April 6), KASB Legal Staff will review and discuss the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and the Children's Internet Protection Act for their impact on online instruction used as part of a district’s continuous learning plan. Topics will include recording and sharing information.  This session will also...

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April issue of School Board Review focuses on pandemic and school closings

This month’s School Board Review focuses on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Kansas public schools. Because of the pandemic, the issue will only be available online at this time and can be accessed here. The issue reviews developments over the past few weeks that have led to the unprecedented closure of schools and the rollout of stay-at-home continuous learning. The April edition also includes details about federal and state responses to the health crisis that continues to worsen. In addition, SBR covers the numerous tasks and policy and legal changes facing local school boards associated with COVID-19, including paying...

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