KASB Regional Roundtable meetings will seek input from local school boards

School board members will have the opportunity at upcoming Fall Regional Roundtable meetings to share information with their peers while also providing valuable input that will guide KASB’s agenda in the 2020 legislative session. 

The Fall meetings will be held in Stafford and Hiawatha on Sept. 24; Garden City and Topeka, Sept. 25; Colby and Olathe, Sept. 26; McPherson and Greenbush, Oct. 1 and Beloit and Haysville, Oct. 2. For more information, go to this link.   

The meetings are structured in a way to encourage more interaction among board members while providing local advocates the opportunity to discuss issues with KASB staff. They also offer an excellent opportunity for local board members to work on student improvement and frame a public message that will resonate with patrons and legislators. 

Discussion topics will cover ways your school board is driving student success, challenges and opportunities in improving school performance, preparing new board members and legislative priorities for the session that starts in January.  

In addition, KASB staff will review the KASB Legislative Committee’s work on policies and will seek input from local school board members on those proposals.  

So far, the Legislative Committee has discussed vaping, expanding Medicaid and special education funding, bullying prevention, immigration and other issues. The Regional Roundtable meetings provide an excellent venue for school board members who wish to weigh in on any of these issues or other ones. Here is a link to the Legislative Committee draft document.  

Recommendations from the Regional Roundtable meetings will be forwarded to the Legislative Committee, which will meet again in November to finalize recommendations to the Delegate Assembly at KASB’s annual convention in December in Wichita. The Delegate Assembly will vote on the policy positions that will guide KASB advocacy efforts during the 2020 session. 

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