Legal

Board Clerks

Board Clerks have many responsibilities, whether they be required by law, board policy or board practice. This page includes a few useful resources. Additional resources are available through the KASB Member Portal. Once you log in, look for the tab "Member Resources" and Click on "Board Clerks." Resources included are the KASB Clerk's Handbook, a copy of the Board Clerk's Timeline (also available click here), the Board Clerk's Forum, past issues of the Clerk's News and the online form for Negotiations Training Verification. If you require assistance accessing the member portal, please email pinpoint@kasb.org. Thank you!

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Board Development Online

KASB Board Development Online Board Development The Leadership Services team has over 150 years of combined experience in public education.  Board development sessions are designed to be interactive, to get board members engaged with the topic and with one another.  The topics listed below are common topics covered, but board development sessions can be fully customized to meet your board of education needs. Roles and Relationships Defining the role of the superintendent and the board related to governing the school district.  The seven powers of the school board are the focus of the discussion -- such as policy, directing the superintendent and budget. Related Video:  7 Powers of...

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Contact Legal and Policy Services Staff

Angie Stallbaumer Assistant Executive Director/Legal Services Email Angie Angie was raised on a farm outside Monument, Kansas, and is a graduate of Oakley High School. She received her bachelor of science degrees in psychology and political science from Kansas State University and her law degree from the University of Kansas. Angie started her legal career at KASB as a Staff Attorney prior to working for the Kansas Department of Agriculture as a Staff Attorney, Special Assistant Attorney General for Agriculture, Special Deputy Animal Health Commissioner, and Legislative Liaison.  In 2012, Angie returned to KASB as its Policy Specialist/Attorney. In 2018, she became KASB’s...

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Roles and Responsibilities

What are the Roles and Responsibilities of a Local School Board Member? Vision Setting a vision is not just another way of saying “goal setting” or “long-range planning.” The word comes from the Latin videre, which means “to see,” and a vision for a school district should, in fact, give people another way to see their schools, clearly showing the district not only as it is, but also what it might become. As a school board member, you will have a central role in defining your district’s vision, but yours should not be the only viewpoint considered. Teachers, administrators, community members and...

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Campaign Laws

Campaign and Election Laws Filing for Office There are two ways to file as a candidate for election. The first is to file a declaration of intention to become a candidate and to pay a $20 filing fee to the county election officer of the county in which the district is located. A person may also become a candidate by filing a petition with the county election officer. The petition must contain signatures of 50 registered voters residing in the member district or geographic area from which the board member is to be elected or (with the exception of individuals running...

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State and Federal Roles

What is the role of the state? The federal government? The State's Role Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution gives the State Legislature responsibility to “make suitable provision for finance” of public education, which means the state has the primary role in school funding. The Legislature determines what ability local boards have to raise local revenues. The Legislature also may enact laws concerning local boards and districts in their role as local governments and employers, including requirements for programs and services and the rights of students, employees and citizens. Under the Kansas Constitution, the Kansas State Board of Education has the power...

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Where can I find more information?

Your Local District One of the very best ways to learn more is to contact your local school district and schedule a meeting with the superintendent of schools! These local leaders are the experts on your schools and community and can help guide you in exploring this opportunity to determine if it is right for you! Helpful Links Kansas Secretary of State (Election Information/Filing Forms) National School Board Association KASB Website and Publications KASB Leadership Services BOARD DEVELOPMENT ONLINE includes a number of guides, videos and other resources for board members. You will also find it helpful to start monitoring KASB's public communications, including our monthly...

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Qualifications

Am I qualified to serve on my local board of education? Every school district in Kansas is governed by a locally-elected board of education. In fact, school board members as a whole comprise the largest body of elected officials in our country. The qualifications for effective service as a board member are many, even though the actual legal requirements are few! School board members must be registered voters in the school district and cannot be an employee of the board on which they are a member. If board members are elected from certain areas of the district rather than at-large, they...

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Training for Boards

What training is available? KASB provides training for all new board members, introducing them to the important work of governing and guiding their district as it prepares students for success. A number of resources developed by our Leadership Services can be found HERE. KASB Leadership, Advocacy and Legal staff facilitate these highly-interactive workshops. Participants discover answers to common questions, such as the authority of a board of education, the role of policy and what it takes to govern a school system to support student success. The training will help you begin your journey by giving you an basic understanding of budget...

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School Board Elections accordian side test

Kansas School Boards The Kansas Constitution makes public education a state responsibility while at the same time providing for the operation of public schools by local school boards elected by citizens of the school district. Each board consists of seven members. The only exception is Fort Leavenworth USD 207. As a military base school system, the district serves only kindergarten through ninth grade students, and the governing board is composed of three residents of the base appointed by the commanding officer of Fort Leavenworth. Close to 2,000 men and women guide Kansas public schools systems, employing more than 70,000 Kansans and...

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