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KASB Past President

Shannon Kimball Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education Shannon Kimball, president of the Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education, was elected Sunday as KASB President-Elect-Designee in December of 2019.  Kimball faced no opposition and was elected unanimously at the KASB Delegate Assembly during the association’s annual convention in Wichita.  “I will work to support and further KASB’s role as the voice of public education in Kansas. This voice continues to be desperately needed,” Kimball said “to counter the false narrative of failing public schools.”  She said KASB must continue to be at the forefront of debates over school finance, tax revenue, quality teachers, and the...

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KASB President

Lori Blake SE of Saline USD 306 Board of Education Lori Blake, a member of the Southeast of Saline USD 306 school board, was unanimously elected to the position of KASB President-Elect Designee by the KASB Delegate Assembly on Dec. 2, 2018 during the KASB 2018 Annual Conference in Overland Park, Kansas. She will become KASB President-Elect July 2019, and assume the office of KASB President July 2020. “It is through much seeking and questioning that has led to this moment in time, taking a risk to seek your approval as the next president-elect of KASB,” Blake said. “It is my time because...

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KASB President-Elect

Brad Bergsma Goodland USD 352 Board of Education Brad Bergsma, a member of the Goodland USD 352 Board of Education, was unanimously elected KASB President-Elect Designee by the KASB Delegate Assembly on Dec. 8 during the KASB 2019 Annual Conference in Overland Park, Kansas. Bergsma took over the office of KASB President-Elect in July 2020, and is serving as KASB President starting July 2021. Brad Bergsma cites many of the challenges facing rural schools in western Kansas, such as getting and keeping great teachers, providing mental health services for students and more. But Bergsma, in his fifth year on the Goodland USD 352 school...

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Women’s Leadership Summit 2021

2021 Women's Leadership Summit Co-Sponsored by KASB and USA Kansas Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22, 2021, Manhattan, Kansas A great opportunity for women board of education members and women administrators in Kansas. Keynote and Featured Presentations Identifying Cultural Bias and Raising Awareness as a Leader Challenges and Opportunities for Women Leaders Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth 2021 Featured Speakers Dr. Helen Fagan Dr. Fagan is a nationally known leadership, diversity and inclusion scholar. In addition to her work with the Global Leadership Group, she is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Leadership Engagement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and...

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KASB Handbooks

KASB Handbooks KASB publishes a number of handbooks covering a wide variety of issues. KASB members (any board members or staff member) can access the following: —Board Clerk's (2018) —Guide to Boardsmanship (2018) —Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) (2018) —Forms Book (2018) —Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) (2018) —School Site Councils  (2018) KASB members whose districts are members of the KASB Legal Assistance Fund can access the following: —Fair Labor Standards (2018) —Negotiations (2018) —Religion in Kansas Public Schools (2018) —School District Organization (2018) —School Law Basics (2018) —School Law Handbook (2018) —School Law Index (2018) —Section 504 (2018) —Sexual Harassment and Bullying (2018) —Student Discipline (2018) How to access KASB Members-Only Handbooks Access is controlled through a members-only portal. To access content, click...

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2019 Leadership Academy Awards

KASB Leadership Academy 2019 Awards presented to 507 board members, district staff KASB today announced the recipients of the 2019 Leadership Academy Awards. In total, 507 board members, superintendents and staff earned Level I or Level II distinction by participating in workshops, onsite trainings and other board and staff development offered by KASB. “We are pleased to present these awards to those who have earned distinction by attending workshops and training in 2019,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB executive director. “Their commitment to learning more about board governance and improving the effectiveness of their district leadership teams deserves recognition.” School board members...

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2019 WLS Highlights

Highlights from the 2019 Women's Leadership Summit Co-Sponsored by KASB and USA Kansas Feb. 4 and 5, 2019 Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center Manhattan, Kansas A new opportunity for women board of education members and women administrators in Kansas. CLICK HERE to read the 2019 Summit Program Women's Leadership Summit Gain personal and professional 
 growth ideas, motivation and inspiration. Network with peers and establish connections to support and inspire you in your various roles and responsibilities. Learn effective practices that enhance leadership skills 
 and mentor others through collaborative relationships. Connect with women leaders in Kansas through bold conversations on critical topics. Develop and expand your network to boost your...

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Keynote Sessions

Convention Closing Keynote December 4, 2020 at 11:45 a.m. Keynote Address: The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders and Organizations Drive Results through Trust David Horsager CEO and Best Selling author "The Trust Edge" Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, principles lose respect, and schools lose reputation, retention of good people, and relationships. But with trust, individuals, schools and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom and results. Through David’s industry leading research The Trust Outlook™ and firsthand experience working with the world’s highest performing organizations, David reveals how top leaders, schools and organizations drive results to become the most trusted in...

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