KSBA board adopts new timetable for executive director search, dips into reserves to balance 2013-14 budget with no dues increase

The KSBA Board of Directors will begin advertising anew in November for an executive director under a timetable adopted Saturday during the board’s quarterly meeting in Frankfort.

Former Executive Director Bill Scott has retired and been replaced by Associate Executive Director David Baird, who will serve as interim.

The new timetable calls for advertising for the position to run from Nov. 11 to Jan. 10. An executive screening committee, to be appointed this fall by President Durward Narramore of Jenkins Independent, will begin screening the applicants in January. The names of all qualified applicants will be shared with the board along with the screening committee’s recommended finalists.

The salary range for the position will be $120,000 to $135,000, based on the selected candidate’s experience. The selected candidate must be willing to reside within 50 miles of Frankfort, and if that candidate is a current school board member, must vacate his or her seat by the hiring date.

Interviews of finalists by the full board of directors are to take place in February and March with a selection and contract negotiation slated to be completed by April 1. The new executive director would begin work no later than July 1.

The process again will be assisted by Mike Oder, manager of KSBA’s Superintendent Search Service.

In other action at the KSBA board meeting:

·        A budget of nearly $4.6 million for FY 2013-14 was adopted. The board agreed to dip into the association’s reserves to cover a projected shortfall of $256,000. The budget includes no increases in association dues for the sixth consecutive year, no increase in most fee-based services, no employee raises and a reduction in staff positions, primarily elimination in the risk management director’s job and the year-long status of Baird serving as interim executive director without filling the associate executive director’s position. Additional factors in the budget are a reduction in the management fee for KSBA’s School-Based Health/Medicaid Reimbursement service from 10 percent to 8 percent, the loss of revenues from the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust and the payment of KSBA’s assessment to cover the costs of closing the trust. KSBA, which took its workers compensation, property and liability insurance from KSBIT throughout the trust’s life, has been assessed to cover projected costs of pending claims using the same formula used for school districts and other participating agencies

·        Staff reported on several ongoing programs including:

o  Development of the association’s 2014 Legislative Agenda (see related article later in this edition of Boardcast.

o  Development of training modules in school board member ethics, a new requirement from the Kentucky Department of Education.

o  Implementation of two School Energy Management Program grants for eligible districts in the Tennessee Valley Authority and Kentucky Utilities/Louisville Gas & Electric Utilities service areas.

o  Plans for KSBA and local board member participation in a Kentucky Education Action Team (KEAT) summit on school funding needs Nov. 21 in Lexington. More details will be sent to all board members and superintendents once the program is firmed up.

·        The board approved the dates for this year’s KSBA Fall Regional Meetings. Some host districts are finalizing specific locations, but here are the dates, regions and host districts:

o  Sept. 16                Upper Kentucky River Region                     Hazard

o  Sept. 24                Middle Cumberland Region                         Casey County

o  Sept. 26                Central Kentucky Region                              Woodford County

o  Sept. 30                Second Region                                                  Christian County

o  Oct. 1                    First Region                                                        Hickman County

o  Oct. 3                    Northern Kentucky Region                          Pendleton County

o  Oct. 22                  Third Region                                                       Warren County

o  Oct. 24                  Eastern Kentucky North Region                 Elliott County

o  Oct. 29                  Fourth Region                                                   West Point Independent

o  Nov. 4                   Eastern Kentucky South Region                 Wolfe County

o  Nov. 7                   Fifth Region                                                        Trimble County

o  Nov. 12                 Upper Cumberland Region                          East Bernstadt Independent

·        The board adopted a proclamation in support of the Win the War! Against Violence – The 2013 Ten Percent Challenge initiative that is targeted at reducing the number of victims of violence, especially among youth.

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