Posted Date: 07/02/2019
Shelly Swayne, Russell County USD 407 superintendent, recently completed participation in KASB Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD), sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards. Swayne was one of 17 public education leaders recognized June 14, 2019.
The KASB BOLD Class of 2018-2019 graduated June 14 following a year-long program that included sessions on building and facilities master planning; technology planning; finance strategies and planning; procurement processes; school security; risk management; and human resource management.
This is the second year for KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development). Participants are selected through an application process, with aspiring superintendents or new superintendents (within first couple of years) given first consideration.
The 2018-2019 class included 17 members who participated in sessions led by KASB staff and guest speakers, including outstanding school leaders and subject matter experts from across the state. KASB partners P1 Group, Inc., K12itc, Opaa! and Patron Insight, Inc. also provided presentations and support.
Randy Weseman, KASB’s assistant executive director for leadership services and the association’s operations director, said this year’s class also benefited from knowledge shared by the host districts.
“We visited Goddard, Basehor-Linwood, Topeka and Derby school districts this year. The staff in each district provided great information on a wide range of topics,” he said. “This gave the class a chance to study real world examples of the challenges of district leadership.”
KASB, headquartered in Topeka, Kansas, serves governing boards and administrators of unified school district boards, community college boards of trustees, area vocational-technical college boards and boards of cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers. Currently the association represents 285 school districts and 42 interlocals, cooperatives, service centers, community colleges and technical colleges.
Information provided by Randy Weseman, KASB Leadership Services