Professional Personnel

KASB offers leadership workshops

KASB will conduct a Board President and Leadership Team workshop in Hays next week and is offering to come to districts to provide future sessions. The workshops are designed for board presidents, vice presidents, clerks and superintendents to help them manage challenges, deal with legal issues, bring on new board members and provide a quality board agenda. In addition to the Hays meeting on Tuesday, one is scheduled for Aug. 8 in Topeka. However, more sessions in which KASB officials come to your district are available by contacting Brian Jordan, KASB’s deputy executive director of leadership services. His email address is bjordan@kasb.org....

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As schools look toward next year, KASB on-site training available

As school officials prepare for the next school year, KASB officials will hit the road across the state to facilitate training of staff, teachers, administrators and board members.   KASB offers numerous on-site training opportunities that provide needed expert instruction while reducing time and travel costs to your district.  You and your staff members can remain in your district while KASB sends experts to provide training in scores of areas that touch on advocacy, community engagement, public relations, legal, leadership and research.  This allows school boards or districts to save time and money while also receiving the up-to-date training that will help your...

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KASB announces Advanced Advocacy Training Initiative

To develop a deeper understanding and network of education advocates in Kansas, KASB is excited to announce the Advanced Advocacy Training Initiative (AATI) for the 2019-2020 school year.  “With the recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling in support of the four-year school finance plan adopted by the Kansas Legislature, advocacy and support for education becomes more critical than ever,” said KASB governmental relations specialist Rob Gilligan. “The focus of our efforts will now be less on securing additional funding than on keeping the long-term financial commitments in place and ensuring that we communicate effectively the progress that continues to be made...

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KASB Focus: Restorative practice: Is it a game changer in improving school climate?

By Leah Fliter lfliter@kasb.org  Continuing concerns about how Kansas students’ social and emotional health, bullying and other behavioral challenges affect learning have prompted educational leaders to explore new ways to influence school climate. “Restorative practice” is one such strategy.  Restorative practice, also known as restorative justice, works to keep students in school while addressing problem behavior and its impact on the school community. Students are held accountable for their behavior, but educators are trained to look for the root causes of the behavior and respond accordingly.  For example, a student witnesses a fight between her parents just before she leaves for school. Upset...

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Building secretaries go to law school at KASB workshops

New KASB workshops in Topeka and Dodge City this week helped school building staff better understand the numerous and sometimes-difficult legal topics they encounter.  School Law for Building Secretaries and Administrative Assistants was offered in Topeka and Dodge City to 90 building staffers from across Kansas. High demand prompted the scheduling of a second Topeka session.  “School secretaries and office staff encounter legal issues every day,” said KASB Attorney Ashley Rohleder. “They handle student records, deal with the ramifications of custody disputes, and are often the first to know about issues like tardiness, abuse and neglect. The School Law for Building...

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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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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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New edition of KASB School Board Review is available

The new issue of School Board Review is available and features stories on the emphasis on early childhood services, a call for school board service as the candidate filing deadline nears, a wrap up of the legislative session and a look at what’s on the horizon for educators. The June issue is available here online and will be mailed out early next week. The edition also contains advice for school boards to reflect on what they did the past year to drive student success, a preview of the new task force that will recommend ways to address bullying, analyses of trends...

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Education bills approved this session

While school finance dominated much of the first part of the 2019 legislative session, legislators turned their attention to other education issues as well.   Here is a list of bills approved and signed into law that will affect schools:   SB 9 - Authorizing the transfer of $115 million from the state general fund to the Kansas public employee's retirement fund during fiscal year 2019.     SB 16 - Amendments to the Kansas school equity and enhancement act and other statutes related to education (Gannon lawsuit response).     Increases BASE for school years 2019-23;     Changes schedule of school finance audits;     Requires KSDE to prepare state accountability reports and school district funding reports;    State...

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Numerous issues to be covered at KASB School Law Workshop and KSAA Meeting

Bullying, gender identity, suicide and many more issues that school leaders deal with will be covered during the KASB School Law Workshop and KSAA Meeting in Wichita later this month. The May 29-30 event also coincides with 2019 USA-Kansas Conference.  On May 29, the School Law Workshop includes a session led by Donna Whiteman, KASB’s assistant executive director of legal services, on Kansas’ anti-bullying law, what schools must do to investigate alleged incidents, how to hand complaints from students and parents and ensuring that bullying behaviors stop.  The first day also includes a session on accommodating transgender and gender non-conforming students and...

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