Professional Personnel

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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Anti-Bullying Week is Oct. 8-14

October 8-14 has been designated by the State Board of Education as Anti-Bullying Week. School officials across Kansas are observing the week as an opportunity to create awareness and address the harm of bullying. The Kansas State Department of Education has numerous resources available here that can be used to help prevent bullying and make schools friendly and safe places.

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SBR: KOMA: Maintaining confidentiality of executive session

BY KASB Legal legal@kasb.org The Kansas Open Meetings Act permits boards of education to enter executive session for closed discussions on narrowly defined topics. Each exception to the open meeting requirement is intended to protect a privacy interest or the rights of an individual or business entity that might be harmed if the matter were discussed in public, or to protect the public interest in the matter being discussed. Board members and anyone invited to participate must keep all information concerning the discussions in executive session confidential. Below are the matters often discussed in closed session by school board: Matters concerning non-elected personnel [...]

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Are nine crisis drills too many? That and other issues to be discussed during Fall Regional meetings

Did Kansas go overboard in requiring nine crisis drills during this school year?  School leaders will have the opportunity to discuss this question and other safety and security issues during the upcoming KASB/USA-Kansas Fall Regional meetings. Here is a link to more information on those events.  On the issue of crisis drills, no other state requires as many as Kansas, with Montana coming closest with eight “disaster drills,” according to a report done by the Kansas Legislative Research Department.  And in Kansas, the whole school must participate in the crisis drills, according to guidance from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  “The [...]

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SBR: We have liftoff! Kansas schools implement sweeping changes

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org As it is, the start of any school year is busy, exciting and sometimes a little scary. But for Kansas teachers, students, administrators and parents, the start of the 2018-19 school year this month brought more apprehension and excitement than usual. This has been the launch year for redesigned schools across the state. Thousands of Kansas children entered school doors in August to a new world of education. Kansas State Board of Education member Ken Willard described the Kansas School Redesign Project as the “beginning of a vision that we have had for a long time.” More than a dozen [...]

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If you want to go where the BOLD go, here’s how to apply

KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development), a leadership development opportunity for new superintendents (within the first two years in their position) and aspiring superintendents, is seeking applications for the 2018-2019 cohort class. Application deadline is Sept. 14, 2018. The 2018-2019 class will be announced by Sept. 21, 2018, and the first class session is scheduled for Oct. 23 and 24. Participants will be selected based on their current role in their district. Aspiring superintendents or new superintendents (within first couple of years) will be given first consideration. Gender, ethnicity, district size, and region of the state will also be considered to [...]

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KASB handbooks now online

Looking for the latest guidance on Open Meeting or Open Records? Making plans for next school year’s School Site Council? Answers and guidance can be found in KASB Handbooks, and access just got easier! The KASB Board of Directors voted in March 2018 to provides access to all KASB handbooks online without additional charge. “By moving all of the content online our members gain quicker access to the information they are looking for, and we can update the content more frequently,” said Carol Pitts, KASB assistant executive director for marketing and public relations. All handbooks were revised by KASB attorneys and staff. “With [...]

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SBR: 2018 session in the books, work continues on school finance

By Leah Fliter lfliter@kasb.org The 2018 Kansas Legislative Session saw legislators repairing the state budget and adding more funds to public schools after adverse court rulings. KASB commended legislators for their work in a statement: After restoring a more balanced tax system last year, state revenues and economic growth have been much stronger than expected. Over the past two years, the Legislature has begun to make investments in public education to stop falling behind inflation and other states and to reverse the decline in measures of student success. CLICK HERE to download the full issue. “The Legislature also began restoring funding for higher education, [...]

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