Photo left: KSBA President Allen Kennedy addresses the board of directors at its quarterly meeting and annual strategic planning retreat as President elect David Webster (right) and Associate Executive Director David Baird listen.
The 27-member KSBA Board of Directors is whole again following appointments to fill vacancies resulting from the November 2014 local elections. Board members and senior KSBA staff met Friday and Saturday at General Butler State Park for the board’s annual strategic planning retreat and its regular quarterly meeting.
KSBA President Allen Kennedy of Hancock County has made these appointments to fill open seats on the board:
· Dr. John Inman, Meade County, Fourth Region chairperson
· Venita Murphy, Webster County, Second Region chairperson
· Chris Brady, Jefferson County, director-at-large
· Jeff Stumbo, Floyd County, director-at-large
The weekend began with an association orientation session for the appointees and the other new regional chairpersons who were elected at last year’s Fall Regional Meetings. After an update by Kentucky Department of Education Chief of Staff Dr. Tommy Floyd, the board spent an afternoon in facilitated discussion of what President Kennedy called “an assessment of where we are and where we want to go.” The topics covered current services to members, areas for improvement and ways to support association staff providing those services. Members covered two large panels with dozens of comments, ideas and questions for research by staff. A report will be crafted by the board’s next meeting in June.
During its regular quarterly meeting, the KSBA board affirmed the association’s role in a second utility rate case affecting school districts. KSBA is coordinating an intervention in rate increases sought by LGE/KU and now by Kentucky Power. The board also received budget and investment reports, a comprehensive update on the 2015 General Assembly to date and training on how to maximize use of KSBA’s electronic public agency meeting service, eMeeting.