KASB BOLD class reviews deferred maintenance, human resources, school security

From busted boilers to leaky roofs and toilets that won’t flush, Kansas public school buildings, which average over 50 years old, are in constant need of repair.

But many of those repairs are put off because of funding issues.

On Thursday, members of the KASB BOLD class met with maintenance, construction and engineering officials to talk about ways to finance deferred maintenance projects.

Rusty Roderick, P1 Group vice president, said often maintenance projects get lost in the shuffle because of the pressing needs of day-to-day school operations, changes in staff and a lack of funding, especially when district voters reject bond issues.

Roderick and Annaria Barnds and Doug Riat, with Willdan, an engineering company in Lawrence, talked about alternative strategies for general and deferred maintenance projects.

The BOLD members also discussed with Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB assistant executive director of Leadership Services, human resource issues, covering key steps in the hiring process from a position opening, application, vetting, interviewing and hiring.

And KASB’s Randy Weseman, assistant executive director of operations and leadership services, conducted a presentation on school safety. Weseman said all technical ways of addressing safety, such as metal detectors, security cameras and armed staff, can be circumvented. He advised school leaders to make sure all schools have teams developing threat assessments for each building and creating an atmosphere and culture where students, staff and everyone who is connected to that building is willing to relay information that could expose a potential threat.

BOLD members also received a tour of Topeka USD 501’s Center for Advanced Learning and Careers.

Friday’s session at KASB headquarters focused on working with school boards.

BOLD, which stands for Business Operations Leadership Development, focuses on enhancing skills and knowledge around the following topics: building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management.

The six BOLD sessions held around the state are led by KASB leadership staff and experts from across Kansas.

The members of the current BOLD class are: Kellen Adams, executive director of fiscal and support services at El Dorado USD 490; Susan Beesen, superintendent at Centre USD 397; Richard Bell, assistant superintendent of personnel and operations at Maize USD 266; Ben Boothe, director of secondary education at Gardner Edgerton USD 231; Justin Burche , assistant superintendent/ interim high school principal at Osawatomie USD 367; Juanita Erickson, superintendent at Neodesha USD 461; Vince Evans, assistant superintendent of student support services at Wichita USD 259; Jim Goracke, superintendent at Sterling USD 376; Angela Holloway Payne, superintendent of Stafford USD 349; Michael Janzen, assistant superintendent at Circle USD 375 ; Troy Langdon, principal at Fort Larned USD 495; Jake Potter, director of public relations at Leavenworth USD 453; Deanna Scherer, principal at Effingham USD 377; Shelly Swayne, superintendent at Russell County USD 407; Bryce Wachs, superintendent at Fort Larned USD 495; Matt Ward, assistant superintendent at Augusta USD 402; Cathi Wilson, superintendent/ principal at Oxford USD 358; and Donna Zerr, principal at Augusta USD 402.

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