School districts could be shelving some projects as board teams look at their 2015-16 draft budgets. That’s because the bottom line is feeling the strain due to mandated 2 percent salary increases on top of the usual financial stresses.
The official theme of this year’s KSBA annual conference may be “The courage to lead,” but a secondary slogan might be called “Back by popular demand.” In response to the need for more training options to fulfill state mandates, the event is crammed with opportunities.
Early intervention takes on a nonacademic meaning with the new substance abuse screening initiative being piloted in six Kentucky districts. The system is designed to identify at-risk students and get them help before it’s too late.
Both school board members and superintendents are feeling their way through a new superintendent evaluation system this year. One important facet is the documentation that school chiefs must retain to show progress. A feature on KSBA’s eMeeting can help.
The school board’s job in selecting a new superintendent doesn’t end with the vote to hire. And the next step can be the trickiest: negotiating a contract. Here’s how to avoid some common pitfalls.