Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2017 Graduates

Twenty-five education leaders from across Kansas recently completed a year-long leadership development class sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards.

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2017 was chosen last January through a nomination and application process focusing on individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement. They were recognized during the KASB Annual Conference in Wichita Dec. 2, 2017.

The 2017 KASB Leadership for Tomorrow graduates pictured above include:

Front Row L-R
Dr. Mike Morrison, Topeka; Bill Rinkenbaugh, Augusta; Angela Handy, De Soto; Tim Winter, Wamego; Scott Wilson, Andover.

Second Row L-R
James Adams, Seaman; Janell Harman, Inman; Kelly Franke, Paola; Steve Richards, Newton; Brian Leighty, Dighton; Sara Smith, Vermillion; Penny Hargrove, Arizona (formerly Hiawatha); Rick Behrens, Kansas City.

Third Row L-R
William Cook, Erie-Galesberg; Karl Matlack, Burrton; Steve Karlin, Garden City; Jason Winbolt, Spring Hill; Jeff Ellis, Mulvane; Eric Norstrom, Canton-Galva; Aaric Davis, Royal Valley; Chris Vignery, North Ottawa County.

Back Row L-R
Art Baker, Clifton-Clyde; Adrian Howie, Hugoton; George Leary, Moundridge.

Not Pictured
Chad Burman, Cimarron

A combination of site visits, group reflection and collaboration projects were used during the four sessions. The goal is to give the participants time to explore a broad spectrum of issues and concerns related to public education and student achievement.

  • Session I included visits to Hutchinson USD 305 and Stafford USD 349 in March 2017. The group learned about Hutchinson’s career and technical trades programs and spent time in group discussions on leading change within a community and how to build consensus while honoring competing values. The second day was spent in Stafford and included the high school’s Culinary Arts Department partnership with Stafford County Flour Mills flour; demonstrations of the aquaponics research project; and a tour of SEED (Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development) Center.
  • Session II was held in Southeast Kansas in May 2017, visiting Coffeyville USD 445 and Parsons USD 503. Technical education was again on the agenda, learning more about individualized plans of study. Day 2 included a visit to Parsons High School and classroom visits to the many career tech programs the school offers. The class also heard from support services and the “safety net” of support that the school and community has in place for its students.
  • Session III took place in southwest Kansas in September 2017. Ness City shared information about the system’s project-based learning program and the school’s “Tiny House” Project. The group also participated in crisis community training led by KASB staff. Day 2 included visits to Buffalo Jones Elementary and Garden City High School. Two areas discussed with Garden City officials included teacher shortages and teacher retention.
  • December 2017: Session IV was held in conjunction with the KASB Annual Conference. The group met for a half-day to explore the state’s new accreditation system and using data to make decisions on how to use resources at the local level. Class members then joined KASB Annual Conference pre-conference sessions on Friday.

Nominations for the Class of 2018 can be submitted by any KASB member superintendent or board of education member. More information is available online at kasb.org/LFT or by calling KASB at 785-273-3600.

The Kansas Association of School Boards is a not-for-profit organization located in Topeka, Kansas. Members include governing boards for unified school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools and cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers. The Association provides legal, advocacy and leadership training in addition to offering a number of products and services to support local school districts in daily operations and management.

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