Professional Personnel

KASB Legal will conduct Successful Student Discipline workshop Feb. 7

The KASB Legal/Policy Services Department will conduct a Successful Student Discipline workshop on Thur. Feb. 7. The one-day session at the KASB office in Topeka will cover strategies and legal requirements and address threats, social media and other state and national trends surrounding successful student discipline. For more information on the event and to register, go to this link. Donna Whiteman, KASB Attorney, Assistant Executive Director/Legal Services, will provide an overview of student discipline statutes. KASB Attorney Ashley Rohleder will lead a breakout session on Discipline of Special Education Students; KASB Attorney Sam Blasi will lead a discussion on School Consequences for [...]

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Update on Mental Health Pilot program will be given at KASB School Finance Basics seminar on Dec. 12

Kyle Kessler, the executive director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, has been added to the agenda for KASB’s School Finance Basics seminar on Wed. Dec. 12 to discuss the Mental Health Pilot program established last year.  Last year, the Legislature appropriated $10 million, all from the state general fund, for the first year of a Mental Health Intervention Team pilot program between school districts and community mental health centers for fiscal year 2019, including $7.5 million for the operation of the pilot program and $2.5 million for the one-time purchase of a database.   Upon the certification [...]

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SBR: Relationships, Relationships, Relationships The new three ‘Rs’ to keep students safe

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org There’s a new three `Rs’ in school – relationships, relationships, relationships. That’s what Kansas education leaders say is needed to make their students safer as fears increase with each school shooting. In meetings across the state in September and October, hundreds of school board members and school administrators discussed what they are doing and what more they need to do to ensure that students can function and learn in a safe environment. In addition to “hardening” facilities, educators are trying to reach all children and make them feel welcome and important. “Districts all over the state are grappling with this [...]

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SBR: Task force works on suicide prevention

By Rob Gilligan, rgilligan@kasb.org In June, The Tower Mental Health Foundation and Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the formation of a joint task force to survey efforts under way in Kansas to reduce the incidence of youth suicide and recommend by year’s end further steps that could be taken. The attorney general asked the task force to focus on three specific tasks and to produce a report by the end of the year. Those areas are: Surveying ongoing local and state efforts to combat youth suicide through the State of Kansas. Reviewing the Safe2Tell phone application and similar methods aimed at increasing communication [...]

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SBR: Employee Benefit Solutions earning high marks for efficiency, convenience, service

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org KASB’s newest service to help school districts has been up and running for nearly a year, and the reviews have been outstanding — earning high marks for efficiency, convenience and service. “I am very happy with the way that KASB Employee Benefit Solutions is working for our district,” said Debbie Walburn, treasurer for Silver Lake USD 372. Employee Benefit Solutions, which is offered by KASB Risk Management, is a technology-based service that improves management of both employer-sponsored benefits and voluntary benefits. EBS streamlines the annual job of selecting benefits. We spent the better part of 2017 researching, conducting user [...]

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Second class of BOLD school leaders starts today

KASB’s second class of BOLD school leaders kicks off today in Lawrence. The Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) program focuses on developing knowledge on building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. After introductions and an overview of the BOLD program, the school administrators Tuesday will hear about the art of board relationships from KASB leadership staff. Then BOLD participants will hear from a panel of present and former school board members that includes Basehor USD 458 board member Dayna Miller, Washington USD 108 board member Rod Stewart and former Lawrence USD [...]

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