KASB Board reviews strategic plan, recognizes outgoing membersScott Rothschild
The KASB Board of Directors worked through a busy and diverse agenda during its meeting in Topeka on Saturday.
Awards were presented to Board of Director members completing their KASB terms of office in December. Recognized were Past President C. Patrick Woods, Topeka USD 501; Region 15 Vice-President Rick Schier, Olathe USD 233; Region 6 Vice-President Susan Walston, Haysville USD 261 and Region 4 Vice-President Curt Herman, Manhattan USD 383
The KASB Legislative Committee joined the board for the first part of the meeting, hearing a report from Leah Fliter, KASB advocacy and outreach specialist, on potential legislative and policy issues for the upcoming 2020 Legislative Session. The discussion centered around member feedback gathered during the 10 regional roundtables in September and October. The Legislative Committee then adjourned to a separate room to continue its work on developing legislative priorities and recommendations to present to members for approval during the 2019 Delegate Assembly on Sunday, Dec. 8 in Wichita.
The Board received a financial audit report for the year ending June 30, 2019, and approved both the KASB 2019-2020 budget and the Association’s agreement with the KASB Workers Compensation Fund, Inc.
KASB Assistant Executive Director for Legal Services Angie Stallbaumer and attorneys Luke Sobba, Ashley Rohleder and Sam Blasi presented a department report that included examples of calls and contacts received throughout the year. Stallbaumer noted during the 2018-2019 school year the team fielded over 15,000 legal contacts from members of the Legal Assistance Fund, including calls, emails and onsite support.
Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB deputy director, presented a strategic planning update, asking board members to prioritize key objectives submitted by staff for the year. Following discussion, the Board approved the plan.
Andrea Hartzell, communications specialist, highlighted a few of the changes in store for the upcoming annual conference, including expanded opportunities for networking, a one–day trade show, a special luncheon for Leadership for Tomorrow graduates and the addition of electronic voting during Delegate Assembly.
The Board approved recommended changes to the Association’s governing policies, and received an NSBA report from Frank Henderson, Jr., a Seaman USD 345 board member who is also a member of the NSBA Board of Directors.
KASB President Shannon Kimball, Lawrence USD 497, reported on the NSBA Western Region meeting in September. Kimball also noted the following upcoming meetings:
- NSBA Equity Symposium and Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., Feb. 1.
- NSBA Advocacy Institute, Washington, D.C. Feb. 2-4.
- NSBA Annual Conference, Chicago, Apr. 4-6.