Professional Personnel

KASB Legislative Committee meets on federal, state issues

KASB’s Legislative Committee met Saturday to review the organization’s federal and state legislative policy positions in preparation for the 2018 legislative season. KASB’s Delegate Assembly will vote on any proposed changes at the Annual Convention in December.  The group discussed how feedback from the summer advocacy tour and priorities expressed with the KASB Board of Directors might affect the organization’s permanent state legislative policies and whether some items should be included in an annual legislative resolution. Committee members noted widespread opposition to legislative attempts to limit school bond indebtedness; continuing concerns over funding at-risk programs and special education; difficulty in [...]

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Mercury 7 You Tube interview on Thursday

KASB’s Scott Rothschild will interview the KSDE “Mercury 7” Kansans Can School Redesign team in a live You Tube interview at 4 p.m. Thursday. Tammy Mitchell and Jay Scott are the Elementary and Secondary Redesign Specialists, respectively, who will guide the seven school districts chosen on August 8 to serve as demonstration sites in the drive to redesign Kansas public schools around the Kansas State Board of Education’s five outcomes that define a successful high school graduate.  The Mercury 7 districts are Wellington USD 353, Olathe USD 233, Coffeyville USD 445, Twin Valley USD 240, Liberal USD 480, McPherson USD 418 [...]

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School Board Review back-to-school issue is out

After summer vacation, School Board Review returns to welcome the new school year.  The issue features our first column from new KASB President Dayna Miller, of Basehor-Linwood USD 458, and KASB Executive Director John Heim’s take on the first day of school.  KASB Past-President Frank Henderson discusses the need to advocate on federal education issues and we also offer a rundown of the work completed by the state Legislature.  The issue also includes an article on money-savings from KASB’s Health Insurance consulting program, research on young adult success and timely legal advice for school boards.  We hope you enjoy the August issue of [...]

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KASB announces BOLD new leadership opportunity

KASB Leadership Services is launching a new program this fall: KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development).  The program is similar to KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program, but focuses on the financial, facilities and planning side of leading a school district. The program was developed primarily for new superintendents (within the first two years in their position) and aspiring superintendents to provide knowledge and skill development around seven key areas:   Building and facilities master planning;  Technology planning;  Finance strategies and planning;  Procurement processes;  School security;  Risk management; and  Human resource management.  The first cohort class will be limited to 20 individuals. Participants [...]

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KASB Legal offers numerous services on negotiations

KASB’s Legal Department offers numerous services related to negotiation issues as part of the annual Legal Assistance Fund.  The $1,650 annual fee provides districts telephone consultations, webinars, sample negotiation language and more.  Individual representation for on-site negotiation, impasse and fact finding is also available for additional fees.  KASB’s Legal Services also has a new service that will provide an annual review of a district’s negotiated agreement for an annual fixed rate based on the number of pages of the agreement.  Because of the late legislative session, the pending school finance case before the Kansas Supreme Court and budget software not being released, some [...]

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Bucklin USD 459 says it is addressing problems cited in audit

State auditors said Bucklin USD 459 lacked proper internal control in its finances and policies that put the district at high risk of waste, fraud and abuse.   The Legislative Post Audit efficiency audit also found that the district of about 220 students, 30 miles southeast of Dodge City, could save from approximately $109,000 to $148,000 through staffing and purchasing changes out of a $3 million annual budget.  The audit was submitted to the House-Senate Legislative Post Audit Committee during a meeting on Monday.   Bucklin Superintendent Kelly Lampe told the committee that the district, which had requested the audit, was addressing the issues [...]

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Changes coming to KPERS Working After Retirement

Changes in the rules for working after retirement from the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System will go into effect in 2018.  KPERS Executive Director Alan Conroy discussed these changes in a KASB news video.  To view other KASB news videos, visit the KASB YouTube page.  Conroy explained that the 2017 Legislature made three major changes to the working after retirement law taking effect January 1, 2018.  First, retirees from the KPERS system will have a 180 day waiting period, up from the current 60 day break, if they retire before age 62. At age 62 or later, the waiting period remains 60 days. [...]

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Working after retirement bill signed into law

Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday signed into law House Sub for SB21, which significantly simplifies Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) working after retirement rules. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the following provisions will apply to any KPERS school retiree, regardless of retirement date: There is no earnings cap; Employers do not make a contribution for non-covered employees (those who work 630 hours or less in a calendar year); For covered employees, employers will make the statutory contribution on a covered employee’s first $25,000 in earnings in a calendar year and a 30 percent contribution on earnings above $25,000; An employee [...]

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KPERS changes to Governor

The Kansas Legislature has simplified KPERS working after retirement provisions and eliminated the earnings cap, making it easier for Kansas school leaders to hire qualified retirees for critical positions. House Sub for SB 21 now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Under an agreement approved Monday in the House and today in the Senate, as of January 1, 2018, the following provisions apply to any KPERS school retiree, regardless of retirement date: There is no earnings cap; For non-covered employees (those who work 630 hours or less in a calendar year) employers do not make a contribution to [...]

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KPERS working after retirement simplified

The Kansas Legislature has simplified KPERS working after retirement provisions and eliminated the earnings cap, making it easier for Kansas school leaders to hire qualified retirees for critical positions. Under an agreement reached in mid-May, as of January 1, 2018, the following provisions apply to any KPERS school retiree, regardless of retirement date: There is no earnings cap; For non-covered employees (those who work 630 hours or less in a calendar year) employers do not make a contribution to the KPERS fund; Employers will make the statutory contribution on a covered employee’s first $25,000 in earnings in a calendar year [...]

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