Rod Spangler

Risk Management

Rod Spangler is director of KASB Risk Management.

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 […]

KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday (Nov. 20) will focus on upcoming legislative session

Come join us for the KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday (Nov. 20) to discuss key education issues that will likely arise during the upcoming legislative session. To register for this online meeting, go to this link. Mark Tallman, KASB executive director for advocacy, will review his recent series of articles on questions that legislators […]

Gov. Kelly issues new mask mandate; wants schools, businesses open

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas explodes, Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday announced a new mask order and said she is determined to keep schools and businesses open. Under the order, which takes effect Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, counties that do not require mask wearing, would have one week to adopt […]