Final preview for KSBA Summer Leadership Institute and related meetings

Education leaders, key support team members headed to Lexington Friday for four conferences

More than 300 school board members, superintendents and their top administrative assistants and board attorneys will be in Lexington this weekend for meetings scheduled around KSBA’s Summer Leadership Institute (SLI).

In addition to the SLI sessions that run Friday night through Saturday afternoon, the weekend will include the KSBA 2016 Legislative Preview, and meetings of the Council of School Board Attorneys (CSBA) and the Kentucky Organization of Superintendents’ Administrative Assistants (KOSAA).

All sessions will be at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel and Conference Center on Newtown Pike in Lexington. Online registration is still open for all sessions at At this point, due to expenses tied to reservations, cancellations cannot be accepted. But substitutions are permitted.

Here is the latest on each meeting:


      · The “bonus” clinic on mandatory board member training opens at 1 p.m. in the Salon E and goes through 4 p.m., covering annual board evaluations of the superintendent, school finance (including setting tax rates) and board member ethics related to social media. Participants can meet their annual state-mandated training hour requirements for these three subjects. This requires separate registration from the SLI.

      · Friday’s opening general session starts at 7 p.m. and features author and professional speaker Jan McInnis on handling change.

      · Saturday morning opens with a continental breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. At 8:30, the second general session centers around the role of the school board in district and student technology initiatives. Then at 10:15 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m., participants will be able to choose among a series of workshops tied to board leadership roles, from taxes and snow day instructional options to facility design and Kentucky’s new juvenile justice law. Each set of workshops also includes one or more of the mandatory training areas noted above. Lunch (paid ticket required) is at 11:45 a.m. in the Pavilion Tent.

Questions: Contact Kerri Schelling or Tammie Conatser at 800-372-2962.

Legislative Preview: On-site registration opens at 8:30 a.m. in Salon D. Three sessions go from 9 a.m. to noon. Subjects include an update on the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) underfunded pensions, a briefing on the school finance study done for the Council for Better Education and a discussion by House and Senate leaders on important K-12 issues likely to come up in the 2016 General Assembly that begins six months from now. Questions: Contact Hope McLaughlin at 800-372-2962.

KOSAA: Meetings begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. and run to 3 p.m. in the Terrace Ballroom. The agenda includes sessions on this year’s board policy and administrative procedure update, training in use of Microsoft Outlook 365 program, improving customer service, and engagement in energy management. Questions: Contact Kim Barker at 800-372-2962.

CSBA: Opens at 9 a.m. for CSBA members only in Salon C. Topics include the Kentucky Open Records Act and schools, responding to parental requests to opt out of state testing, district personnel issues, utility rate interventions and a look ahead to the 2016 legislature. Questions: Members may contact Shannon Robinson at 800-372-2962.

For more information on all of the meetings, go to Links to the Legislative Preview, SLI and CSBA are on the home page. Information on the KOSAA meeting is here

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