KASB board of directors hears progress on strategic planning, approves budgetAndrea Hartzell
The KASB Board of Directors met June 8 in Topeka for its regular business meeting. The board is comprised of 15 regional vice presidents, elected by their board of education peers, and the executive committee comprised of the president, immediate past president and president-elect. Two non-voting members of the board are the president-elect designee and the NSBA Western Region Vice-President.
Dr. Brian Jordan, deputy director, reviewed staff progress on the KASB 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. Following a retreat by the association’s executive staff in March, a number of modifications are under way regarding service and support of members. One highlight will be changes to workshop master schedule. The association is adding a series of regional roundtables for board members, and organizing all trainings around six pathways:
“Safe, Healthy Students”
“Developing Quality Educators and Staff”
“Effective, Efficient Organizations”
“Equity for All Students”
“Exceptional Boards and Leadership Teams”
“Improving Postsecondary Success”
Jordan also reported on a recent all-staff book study, “How the Mighty Fall.”
“The study served as a time of reflection for us to make sure we are paying attention to the right indicators and heading in the right direction,” he said.
Mark Tallman, associate executive director, KASB advocacy and communications services, reviewed several topics in a report covering the end of the 2019 Legislative Session, current school funding details and a look ahead for at planned activities over the next few months.
The board approved changes to KASB association policies as presented by Angie Stallbaumer, KASB senior attorney.
Randy Weseman, assistant executive director, leadership services and director of operations, and Amanda Rollenhagen, accountant, updated the board on progress made on the 2014-2024 budget goals, including the facility master plan, services enhancements, and staff transition planning.
The board approved the 2019-20 budget and the 2019-20 Workers Compensation Administrative Contract.
A department report was presented by Dr. John Heim, executive director.
Lori Blake, president-elect designee and Southeast of Saline USD 306 board member, discussed the first two meetings of the State Board of Education’s
Blue Ribbon Bully Prevention Task Force. Blake is serving as KASB representative along with Assistant Executive Director for Legal Services Donna Whiteman.
Blake said the group is looking at the whole subject of bullying in schools, with recommendations due in December to the state board. Blake is serving on the “evidence-based practices” subcommittee for the task force.
“We are encouraging parents and communities join the conversation,” she said, noting that there is time for public comment at each meeting. Comments can also be submitted in writing.
Frank Henderson, Jr., NSBA Western Region Vice-President and a member of the Seaman USD 345 board, gave an update on the National School Board Association and national advocacy initiatives, including the reauthorization of IDEA.
Henderson urged members to invite senators and representatives to schools and classrooms before Congress reconvenes this fall.
“They have little idea what is actually happening in our classrooms,” he said. “Every district is taking care of our students in special ed. They need to see how we are using those dollars now and how much more we could do with increased federal dollars.”