The Kansas Associations of School Boards hosted their annual New Superintendents Workshop on August 21, at the KASB offices. New superintendents from around the state participated in the day of activities. Topics included information based on our mission of “Being a Voice, Improving Student Outcomes, and Culture of Service. Several staff members shared insights into the many services KASB provides for school boards and districts.
New superintendents in attending were:
Jason Crawford, USD 283 Elk Valley
Lyn Rantz , USD 464 Tonganoxie
Bill Mullins, USD 364 Marysville
Greg Clark USD 112 Central Plains
Steve Lilly, USD 342 McLouth
Derick Reihart, USD 303 Ness City
Joel Lovesee, USD 205 Bluestem
Tom Dolenz, USD 225, Fowler
KASB asked several experienced superintendents to help participate in the day by sharing insights from their early years in their new role as a district leader.
Mr. Doug Conwell, from USD 417 Morris County Schools shared insights about the evaluation process and the impact a high quality model can have on improving instruction and impacting achievement. Mr. Darrell Kohlman, from USD 115 Nemaha Central discussed the many trials and challenges of leading a district through the consolidation process and unifying a newly designed district. He also share how utilizing KASB Legal Services helped to make his job more manageable.
Dr. Mike Berblinger, from USD 313 Buhler shared the importance of working with the board to establish clear goals and expectations for continuous improvement. He explained how developing a clear set of goals has allowed he and the board to focus their attention on what really matters to the district and community. Dr. Berblinger had just concluded his first year as a superintendent. His insights allowed the new superintendents to witness the influence a new superintendent and the local board can make on the culture and climate of a district.
All in all it was a day of networking and sharing insights with leaders new to role of district leadership. KASB staff also took the opportunity to create an awareness of the many services we provide for districts that can help improve efficiency and effectiveness.