Leaders elected, policies endorsed as KASB 2018 Annual Conference concludes

School board members and administrators from across Kansas elected new leaders, endorsed education policy positions and heard from dozens of experts on how to help students succeed during the KASB 2018 Annual Conference. 

The conference, held from Friday through Sunday in Overland Park, was attended by approximately 500 education leaders.  

Lori Blake, a member of the Southeast of Saline USD 306 school board, was unanimously elected President-Elect Designee by the KASB Delegate Assembly.   

“ … I feel a responsibility to give back to an organization that has done so much for me over the last 10 years,” said Blake, whose term as president of the KASB board will start July 1, 2020. 

In addition, KASB delegates elected three regional vice presidents during its annual conference. Emporia USD 253 board member Art Gutierrez was elected in Region 2; Labette County USD 506 board member Kevin Cole was elected in Region 3 and Ellsworth USD 327 board member Daren Holecek was elected in Region 7.  

The Delegate Assembly also approved the Legislative Committee Report, which will guide KASB’s advocacy efforts in Topeka and Washington D.C. Here is a link to the report. 

In addition, the conference recognized the 26 graduates of KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 and the winners of the $3,000 Westar STEM grants — Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center, Derby Middle School and Oregon Trail Middle School in Olathe. 

The event also featured a trade show, school tours, legal, leadership, risk management and advocacy conferences, inspirational and motivational speakers and dozens of breakout sessions. 

More details about the conference will be included in the December issue of School Board Review, which will be available next week.

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