Gary Sechrist

Leadership Services Field Specialist

Gary L. Sechrist is KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist. He has been in educational leadership since 1992, and has served as both a building level and district level administrator throughout his career. He was named Superintendent of Promise in 2010 and was honored as the MetLife Principal of the Year in 2006. Mr. Sechrist has served on numerous educational committees and has presented around the nation on topics focused on leadership and education. Mr. Sechrist’s most recent experience was at Lyons USD 407 where he served first as building principal and then superintendent. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fort Hays State University.

Remote learning dollars being shifted to other purposes

State officials are moving around federal COVID-19 funds, including millions of dollars that were initially earmarked to assist in remote learning for Kansas students, to help other functions, such as distributing the expected COVID-19 vaccine. Julie Lorenz, executive director of the Office of Recovery, told the Joint Legislative Budget Committee earlier this week that $23.5 […]

KPERS report: Pension system in good financial shape; teacher retirements increase

The Kansas Legislature’s Joint Committee on Pensions, Investments and Benefits heard Wednesday that the state employee retirement fund is in good financial shape. Not surprisingly, officials said the number of school district retirees increased 28 percent, from 846 in September and October of 2019 to 1,087 in the same months in 2020. The retirements were […]

Teachers not in first round of COVID-19 vaccine distribution under preliminary plan

Teachers and other school personnel aren’t among those mentioned to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in the first round of distribution, which could start happening within weeks. Phil Griffin, director of disease control and prevention for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, unveiled Kansas’ preliminary vaccine distribution plan on Tuesday to the Legislative Budget Committee. […]

Pediatricians, KNEA say teachers should have access to first round of COVID-19 vaccine

Teachers and support personnel who work closely with students should have access to the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, according to the Kansas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) and the Kansas National Education Association. “As frontline workers during the pandemic, professional educators who work most closely with students should be prioritized for […]

COVID-19 mitigation efforts to be discussed at Dec. 9 `Lunch and Learn’

A December 9 event will offer K-12 education leaders the opportunity to understand the latest information on COVID-19 mitigation efforts as infection rates increase statewide.  The noon session via Zoom will be facilitated by KASB Deputy Executive Director Dr. Brian Jordan and will feature Dr. Stephanie Kuhlmann and other members of the Kansas COVID Workgroup […]

No recommendations from legislative audit on district cash balances

A study of school district cash balances by the Legislative Division of Post Audit noted that balances have increased over the past 10 years after adjusting for inflation, but due to many factors did not reach a conclusion of whether balances are too high or too low, and made no recommendations.  Here is a link […]

Winter sports to start as scheduled; proposed moratorium shortened

Winter high school sports competitions will start on time, according to a vote Tuesday by the Kansas State High School Activities Association board of directors. The board, made up of nearly 80 school officials from across the state, also jettisoned a portion of medical advice to fight the spread of COVID-19 by approving a shorter […]

Comprehensive resource available to help families connect with assistance

A family that needs help with just about any problem a child could have is just a call or click away from connecting with that help by using a resource provided by the Kansas Children’s Service League. The comprehensive resource can also be a valuable tool for educators — teachers, staff, school board members and […]

State Budget Director says Gannon funding will be there

Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget chief on Thursday stated the governor would push for the increased public school funding called for under the Gannon settlement. State Budget Director Larry Campbell’s comments came during a meeting of the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform in response to concerns about school funding needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shannon […]

Board leaders discuss challenges and opportunities during KASB Coffee Chats

School board members on Thursday said districts are working hard to find replacement teachers, bus drivers and other staff as COVID-19 quarantines have impacted personnel. The comments were made during KASB Board of Education Leadership Coffee Chats that were held in various regions across the state via zoom. Board members from rural districts gave examples […]