KASB leaders will discuss broadband at state policy summit

KASB President-Elect Brad Bergsma and Past President Shannon Kimball will discuss education and broadband at the 2020 Kansas Economic Policy Conference on Thursday.  

The virtual conference is organized this year around the question, “What is the Role of Government in a Crisis?”  

Registration for the conference is free but required. You can register here. 

Kimball and Bergsma’s panel will occur in the 1:30-3:20 p.m. time slot on Thursday. They will be joined by fellow panelists Catherine Moyer, CEO & General Manager, Pioneer Communications and Germaine Haleguoa, Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies at the University of Kansas. The session will be moderated by Jim McLean, Managing Director of the Kansas News Service and Deb Miller, Director of KU’s Public Management Center, School of Public Affairs & Administration. 

Members have told KASB expanding broadband internet service and making it more affordable is one of their top priorities statewide. A June study found that more than 156,000 Kansas kids lack adequate access to broadband internet.  

Kimball serves on the Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education and chairs KASB’s Legislative Committee. Bergsma is a member of the Goodland USD 352 Board of Education and is Vice President of Information Technology at Northwest Kansas Technical College.  

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