Professional Personnel

Equity must be embedded in schools

By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org Kansas school board members joined 500 leaders from across the nation at the fourth annual NSBA Equity Symposium on January 26 in Washington, DC. President-Elect Shannon Kimball (USD 497 Lawrence), was a first-time attendee. Past President/Legislative Committee Chair Dayna Miller (Basehor-Linwood USD 458), former President Rod Stewart (Washington County USD 108) and NSBA Western Region Vice President Frank Henderson (Seaman USD 345) have each attended three of the annual symposia. “The face of our schools is changing,” NSBA CEO Tom Gentzel said in his opening remarks. “There’s much work to be done, but the one thing we can [...]

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BOLD session focusing on school construction projects

KASB’s district leadership program continues Thursday and Friday with a BOLD session on financing and building school construction projects.   BOLD stands for the Business Operations Leadership Development program, which focuses on developing knowledge on building and facilities master planning, technology planning, finance strategies, procurement processes, school security, risk management and human resources. BOLD includes six training sessions that were developed by KASB leadership staff, KASB partners and experts from across the state.  This week’s session will be hosted by Basehor-Linwood USD 478.  From noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, BOLD participants will attend sessions on preparing for a bond, how projects are financed, [...]

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Summit focuses on success, inspiration

By Leah Fliter, Lfliter@kasb.org KASB and USA-Kansas first-ever Women’s Leadership Summit February 4-5 was a rousing success, participants said. The Summit, which was held in Manhattan, was designed to inspire and energize female board of education members and school administrators for greater impact in their roles as Kansas education leaders. USA-Kansas Past President and Augusta High School Principal Donna Zerr welcomed the attendees, who represented school districts from across Kansas. “Worry less about the glass slipper fitting and more about shattering the glass ceiling,” Zerr urged her colleagues. Keynote speaker Denise Mills, Founder and Chief Mindset Officer of the Leader Fuel Center in [...]

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2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year Nomination Packet Available

The Kansas State Department of Education is accepting nominations for the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Every school district is encouraged to nominate one exemplary elementary classroom teacher and one exemplary secondary classroom teacher for this prestigious award. Not only does participating in this program demonstrate that your district values exceptional teaching, you will be providing critical professional development opportunities for your nominees. Participants tell us year after year that this program is life-changing and has made them better teachers. The 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year nomination packet is available on the KSDE website here. While district nominees may begin [...]

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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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