KASB moves annual convention to online because of pandemic

The KASB Board of Directors on Saturday approved holding its 2020 Annual Convention online instead of in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual convention will be held from Wed. Dec. 2 through Fri. Dec. 4.

Traditionally, the KASB convention is the largest gathering of elected school board members and district leaders in Kansas.

Because of the spreading virus and social distance guidelines, KASB leadership decided several months ago to start planning for an online convention.

“Hopefully it results in more engagement for our membership, I’m excited to see how this works,” said KASB President Lori Blake, a member of the Southeast of Saline USD 306 school board.

The convention will offer pre-recorded breakout sessions with live chats that are built around KASB’s pathways, which are exceptional boards and leadership teams; improving postsecondary success; developing quality educators and staff; equity for all students; safe, healthy students; and effective, efficient organizations.

Live streaming will include virtual coffee breaks, a conversation and question and answer session with Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson and panel discussion with State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathy Busch. The event will also feature a virtual trade show and regional meetings and elections; the Winter School Law session with live participation and discussion and other panel discussions.

In addition, KASB’s Delegate Assembly will vote for KASB President-Elect and constitutional amendments.

KASB hopes to return to an in-person format in 2021 with its convention tentatively scheduled for November in Overland Park and in 2022 in Wichita.

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