2019 Annual Conference

The KASB Annual Conference is the largest gathering of elected school board members and district leaders in Kansas. Special-topic pre-conference sessions, outstanding speakers, breakout speakers and vendor exhibits - the KASB Annual Conference is a great opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state, sharing ideas of what worked and what didn’t work!

The annual conference features a trade show, and suppliers and manufacturers of school equipment, products and services are invited to participate. Please contact Andrea Hartzell for details!

2019 Schedule At-A-Glance

FRIDAY, December 6, 2019
7:30 a.m. REGISTRATION OPENS for Early-Bird Onsite Meetings
Meeting All Kids Needs District Tours
  Winter School Law Conference
  Foundations of Boardsmanship 1.0
  Poverty Paradigm Simulations NEW in 2019
8:00 a.m. Meeting All Kids Needs Briefing
8:15 a.m. Meeting All Kids Needs Buses Depart
9:00 a.m. Early Bird Onsite Meetings Begin
Noon Early Bird Lunches
  Kansas School Attorneys Association Lunch
4:00 p.m. Early Bird Onsite Meetings Adjourn
  Networking Reception
6:00 p.m. Evening Adjourns
8:00 a.m. General Session
Welcome and Opening Remarks
KASB President, KASB Executive Director
KASB Nominating Committee Report
8:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Tim Hodges
The State of Our Schools: Public Opinion and Best Practices for Addressing the Challenges Facing Education
10:00 a.m. Break & Trade Show Opens
10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions (Variety of 60 minute sessions to choose from)
11:30 a.m. Networking & Solutions Lunch, Vendor Trade Show Open
1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Variety of 60 minute sessions to choose from)
2:30 p.m. Break and Vendor Trade Show Open
3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Variety of 60 minute sessions to choose from)
4:30 p.m  General Session 
Keynote: Randy Watson
5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Adjourn
7:30 a.m. Delegate Assembly Registration Opens
  Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Regional Elections
9:00 a.m. Delegate Assembly Begins
Roundtable Discussions Begin
10:00 a.m. Break and Entertainment Begins
10:30 a.m. Closing Keynote: Chad E. Foster
Blind Ambition: Circumstances Are Far Less Relevant Than the Stories We Tell Ourselves
Noon Conference Adjourns for 2019

Welcome to Wichita

Expect the unexpected! Big-city amenities - Midwestern prices! Explore art museumshands-on exhibits, Old West and Indian artifacts - even a T. Rex skeleton. Dine at more than 1,000 restaurantsShopping choices abound with eclectic shops, antique stores, and open-air shopping centers. When it comes to dining, shopping and playingWichita has something for everyone!

December 8, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. | Eagle Ballroom, Hyatt Regency, Wichita

The KASB Delegate Assembly will begin with elections for President-Elect Designee. There will be a discussion and vote on proposed legislative resolutions and changes to KASB policies that provide the basis for the association’s lobbying efforts during the 2020 Legislative Session.

Find the tentative Legislative Committee Report here. It will be presented at Fall Regional Meetings.


Candidate for President-Elect Designee

Brad Bergsma
Goodland USD 352
Voter Guide (pdf)

December 7, 2019
Eagle Ballroom - Hyatt Regency

8:00 a.m. This kick-off General Session features welcomes and addresses by

  • KASB President Shannon Kimball
  • KASB Executive Director John  Heim
  • Nominating Committee Report

Keynote Address:
8:45 a.m. (Time Approximate)

The State of Our Schools: Public Opinion and Best Practices for Addressing the Challenges Facing Education

Tim Hodges, Gallup
Twitter: @timhodges402
Gallup BIO

Preparing students for a successful future requires us to understand the opinions of key stakeholders, including students, educators, administrators, parents, employers and the broader community. Gallup has uncovered key areas of agreement as well as gaps in perceptions among these stakeholder groups. Leading with this information in mind will help our students be engaged in school today and hopeful about their role in a changing workplace for the future.

General Session
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson.

Throughout his career, Dr. Randy Watson has been sought out by schools, districts, education organizations and others for his educational insights as well as his clear thinking around the issues and challenges facing policy makers, educators and students. He and his team at the Kansas State Department of Education provide the leadership for Kansans Can, the state boards vision for public education in Kansas: Kansas leads the world in the success of each student. A native of Coffeyville, Kansas, Dr. Watson began his education career as a high school social studies teacher in Tescott, KS. Dr. Watson served the community of McPherson for 22 years as an assistant superintendent from 1993-2005 and as superintendent from 2005-2015.

Closing Keynote
December 8, 2019
Eagle Ballroom - Hyatt Regency

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Blind Ambition: Circumstances Are Far Less Relevant Than the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Chad E. Foster
Learn More About Chad in this video or at chadefoster.com

Could anyone in your life benefit from creating a resilient mindset? Do you find it's sometimes challenging adapting to change? In this entertaining and powerful keynote, Chad shares the critical insights that have enabled him to think differently after losing his eyesight in his late teens. As a finance leader for a multibillion-dollar company, Chad combines business success with real-world experiences to motivate audiences using humor and inspiration. His extraordinary story of overcoming adversity and achieving a high level of success is sure to leave you energized and eager to apply his tools to overcome your own obstacles.

Chad will provide you with a framework for thinking that will enable you to:

  • Live happier lives
  • Be more productive at work
  • Discover unforeseen opportunities
  • Adapt to change with greater success
  • Lead teams through change
  • Set ambitious goals while crafting the right mindset to achieve them
  • Nurture resilience, which is the cornerstone of grit/tenacity and success

The 2019 KASB Conference Housing Bureau will open on September 4, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

We are again using a Housing Bureau system in 2019. There will be one website everyone will use to make reservations or be put on a waiting list (much like NSBA). The housing reservation system will be live on Wednesday, September 4 at 8 a.m. at www.kasb.org/ConfHousing19.

You will see exact room availability at the Hyatt Regency as well as the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview and The Fairfield Inn and Suites Wichita Downtown.

Sleeping Room Cancellation Policy 

  • DEPOSIT: A deposit equal to one night's stay (including tax) is required to hold each guest’s reservation. Such deposit shall serve to confirm the reservation for the dates indicated, and upon check-in shall be applied to the first night of the reserved stay.
  • CANCELLATION AND REFUND OF DEPOSIT: These deposits are refundable if notice is received no later than October 21, 2019 and a cancellation number is obtained.
  • NAMES ON RESERVATIONS: Each reservation must be accompanied with the name for each room. There will be no multiple bookings under one name. All names are required at the time of booking. Name changes on guest room reservations will be accepted.

We are hopeful that the cancellation date of October 21 will allow those who were not originally in the conference headquarters or overflow hotels to have more time to make reservations in advance of the conference.


Go to THIS LINK to make your reservations! 

This is the only way to get reservations in the Conference Block.

Headquarters Hotel:

Hyatt Regency
400 W. Waterman
Wichita, Kansas
From $130 a night

Drury Plaza Broadview
400 West Douglas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas
From $128 a night

Fairfield Inn and Suites Wichita Downtown
525 S. Main St
Wichita, Kansas
From $122 a night

Online Registration (click below)

Conference Registration

Pre-Conference Registration

Onsite Conference and Voting Delegate Registration

Please stop by at one of these times to pick up your
conference registration packet and name badge.

Friday, December 6 | 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

Saturday, December 7  | 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

Sunday, December 8 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Eagle Ballroom Foyer

About the Trade Show

The Convention features a Trade Show, on Saturday, December 7. This show has two exclusive exhibitor breaks and a Networking Lunch in the exhibit hall.

Suppliers and manufacturers of school equipment, products and services are invited to participate. More than 500 school board members, superintendents and guests attend the KASB event.

Exhibit Hours-NEW in 2019!
Friday, December 6
• Bus/Vehicle ONLY Move-In & Registration Noon-2 p.m.
• Exhibitor Set-Up Limited Opportunity-Ask for Details
Saturday, December 7
Booth Set-Up & Exhibitor Registration 8-10 a.m.
• Exhibits Open/Networking Lunch 10 a.m-3 p.m.
• Tear Down/Move Out 3:00 p.m.

Information & Forms

2019 Floor Map & Exhibitor List

as of September 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Company & Booth #
In Numerical Order

Kansas Soybean Commission 100-101
Newkirk Novak Construction Partners 102
Compliance One 110
Coonrod & Associates Construction Co., Inc. 123
Grasshopper Company 202
McCownGordon Construction 205
INA Alert, Inc. 207
Mid-States School Equipment Co. 208
VS America 209
Greenbush Cooperative Purchasing 210
Mid-America Sports Construction (Mid-America Golf & Landscape) 211
Athco, LLC 302
KSU Global Campus 303
A-Lert Roof Systems (Centurion Industries) 304
EAB 305
*DCS Services 306
Peerbolte Creative 308
TIPS 309
Twotrees Technology, LLC 310
HTK Architects 311
Turf, Etc. 400
Trane 401
Siplast 402
Hollis & Miller Architects (2 booths) 403-404
SGH Concepts & Calco Supply (SGH Redglaze Holdings, Inc.) 405
*OFG Financial Services Inc. 406
*Kansas Turf 407
Scott Rice Office Works/Steelcase 408
Software Unlimited 409
Kansas Information Consortium, LLC 410
Raymond James Financial, Inc. 411
DLR Group 412-413
Commercial Laundry Sales & Service 500
Heartland Seating 501-514
Hutton Builds 502
ESS 503
RSP & Associates 504
ACI Boland 506
Universal Construction 507
*Piper-Jaffray & Co. 508
Navitas 509
Kansas Contract Design 510
The Garland Companies 511
The Pando Initiative 512
FieldTurf and Beynon Sports 513
*George K. Baum & Company 515
Kansas Truck Equipment Bus 1
DS Bus Lines/The Kincaid Group Bus 2
Midwest Transit Equipment Bus 4