Board relations, technology management focus of first session for 2019 KASB BOLD

The opening session of the 18 newly selected KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development) class members met Oct. 24 and 25 in Lawrence, focusing on board leadership and technology management.  

The first afternoon began with an overview of the seven two-day meetings that will run over the next nine months. A panel of current and former school board members joined the group to share the board’s perspective on working with the district leadership team. The panel included Dayna Miller, KASB past-president and board member in Basehor Linwood USD 458, Rod Stewart, Washington USD 108 board member and past-president of KASB, and former Lawrence USD 497 board members Scott Morgan and Cindy Yulich. 

See pictures from our first session HERE!

The following session, which focused on board relations, creating strong leadership teams and working through challenges, was led by KASB staff: Dr. John Heim, executive director; Dr. Doug Moeckel, associate executive director; Randy Weseman, assistant executive director for leadership services and Craig Wilford, leadership services field representative. 

KASB BOLD sessions are structured to give participants time to deepen their knowledge in all aspects of managing and leading a school system, including technology.   

KASB’s Prestigious Partner k12itc’s Brad Sandt, founder and president, Dennis Fisher, vice-president of business development, and Jake Napper, account manager, joined Wilford on Day 2 to explore managing technology in schools. Both Wilford and Fisher are former school superintendents, and Sandt was a school technology director prior to founding k12itc.  

Sandt said many of the basics are being missed by most districts when it comes to cyber security and data breaches in the state’s elementary and secondary schools.  

“The likelihood that it will happen is not if, but when,” he said.  

There are a number of routine processes that can help, such as updating software to the latest versions and putting processes in place to monitor systems, Sandt said. 

There was also plenty of time for discussion and networking. Weseman said that is a major focus of the program. 

“The more you can interact and network in your leadership community, the more resources you will have,” he said. 

The first two days of KASB BOLD have already had an impact on participants.  

“These two days got me thinking about my own thinking,” said Juanita Erickson, superintendent at Neodesha USD 461. 

Taking time to reflect is often at a premium for multi-tasking school leaders, so Erickson said she especially loved the board presentation panel and the time to discuss ideas on working with board members to support student achievement. 

Susan Beesen, superintendent at Centre USD 397, echoed the value of networking. “The relationships we are building are very enriching,” she said. “I also gained a lot of growth in my vision in board relations.” 

The next session will be Nov. 14 and 15 in Wichita.

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