KASB Countdown to Conference: 1970s saw refinement of changes

In the run up to the 100th annual KASB Conference, Dec. 1-3 in Wichita, KASB will overview highlights of education history. 

Following a decade of great change in the 1960s, the 1970s saw further refinement of those changes in Kansas education and KASB. 

In 1970, Kansas recorded its highest number of public school students — 548,231 — and KASB remodeled its building to add an IBM System 3 computer, which was initially used to disseminate school board policies. 

The following year, the school retirement system merged into the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.  

In 1972, KASB became incorporated and Dr. Robert Haderlein of Girard became the first Kansan elected to the National School Boards Association Board of Directors. The next year, the Federal Relations Network was created when the NSBA Board determined Congress needed to hear from local school board members from across the nation.  

Kansas delegates to the NSBA in 1974 played a key role in moving the NSBA offices from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. to the Washington, D.C.-area. 

In 1976, as KASB continued to grow, it completed an office building at 5401 SW Seventh St. in Topeka, selling off former property on Western and Fillmore streets. That year, KASB also created the Legal Assistance Trust, which later evolved into the Legal Assistance Fund. 

The 1970s also saw an increase in the number of school board members and administrators attending KASB’s annual convention with the 1979 meeting drawing a record crowd of more than 1,600 people. The convention heard from such speakers as Joe Rowson of Nebraska, who spoke about “What’s Right with American Education” and Gov. John Carlin who addressed the full convention and then had a private one-hour meeting with the KASB board. 

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