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Applicants sought for new members of the Kentucky School Boards Association Unemployment Program Board of Trustees

(Aug. 1, 2023) The Kentucky School Boards Association Unemployment Program, organized by KSBA in 1978, is currently seeking individuals to serve on its Board of Trustees to fill positions that will become vacant on Oct. 1, 2023.
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KSBA names Kentucky School Board Member of the Year, honors district leaders and student scholarship winners at 2023 Annual Conference

(Feb. 28, 2023) KSBA hosted its 2023 Annual Conference Feb. 24-26 at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville. An awards luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 25 served as a celebration of award-worthy education leaders and student scholarships. Dr. Chandra Varia, a 21-year member of the Floyd County Board of Education, was named KSBA’s 2023 Kentucky School Board Member of the Year....

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KSBA reflection on Gov. Beshear's State of the Commonwealth

(Jan. 4, 2023) KSBA greatly appreciates the Beshear administration’s continued support for public education, echoed fervently in this evening’s address. We can think of no more important role of our state government...  
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KSBA statement on SB1 committee substitute following March 22 House Education Committee meeting

(March 22, 2022) KSBA supports Senate Bill 1 as originally passed in the Senate. The rebalancing of principal hiring authority has been a priority of our association and our members dating back three decades. We also support better curriculum alignment and opportunities for broader public input as prescribed in SB 1...
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Dr. Carl LeBuhn of Paducah Independent Schools named Kentucky School Board Member of the Year

(Feb. 26, 2022) Dr. Carl LeBuhn, chairman of the Paducah Independent Schools Board of Education, was named the 2022 Kentucky School Board Member of the Year during the 2022 Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Annual Conference in Louisville on Saturday...
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KSBA statement on HB 51 (2022)

(Feb. 17, 2022) During September’s special session of the General Assembly, many lawmakers and education advocates hailed SB 1 as a victory for local control. The legislation ended a statewide mask requirement and empowered Kentucky’s 171 local school boards to determine pandemic masking and mitigation strategies in consultation with local health officials. By returning such decisions to districts...
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KSBA Educational Foundation announces $5,000 gift to tornado recovery fund on behalf of Kentucky’s local school boards

Frankfort, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2022) – The KSBA Educational Foundation, the charitable arm of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA), announced a $5,000 gift to the West Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund for Our Schools established by the Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative (WKEC) following December’s tornadoes. The announcement was made...
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KSBA statement on recent National School Boards Association call for federal response

(Oct. 11, 2021) The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has made headlines in recent days for its publicly released letter to President Biden. The letter, signed only by NSBA’s current president and interim executive director, included examples of threats, intimidation and acts of violence against school board members and other school personnel...
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KSBA statement following conclusion of 2021 special legislative session

(Sept. 10, 2021) During this week’s extraordinary session of the General Assembly, legislators enacted policies that localize many aspects of pandemic response in Kentucky’s 171 public school districts. The passage of SB 1, and other measures, provides increased flexibility for school boards, superintendents and local health officials to tailor mitigation strategies to their communities’ unique circumstances, helping them more effectively provide in-person instruction and student supports. Public education advocates are left... 
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KSBA Educational Foundation announces new CTE scholarships for each of association’s 12 regions

(July 19, 2021) The Kentucky School Boards Association, in coordination with the KSBA Educational Foundation, announced an expansion of its First Degree Scholarship Program to now include scholarships for career and technical education (CTE)...
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KSBA statement on CBE legal challenge to HB563

(June 8, 2021) KSBA is aware of the Council for Better Education’s lawsuit challenging the education opportunity account tax credit program that is to be created pursuant to HB 563...
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KSBA statement on proposed legislation for the 2022 Regular Session to prohibit instruction and/or discussion of specific topics

(June 8, 2021) A fundamental objective of KSBA’s advocacy on behalf of the Commonwealth’s elected school boards and district leaders is to strengthen local decision making in each community as a key component of fostering student success, as outlined by the legislature in KRS 158.645. Two proposed bills have now been prefiled...
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Long-serving KSBA attorney John Fogle to retire

(Feb. 24, 2021) KSBA Staff Attorney John Fogle has announced he plans to retire on May 17, following KSBA’s 2021 Annual Conference. Having served as KSBA’s attorney for 15 years, Fogle is considered one the Commonwealth’s most knowledgeable school law experts. That wisdom, combined with his trademark wit, has won him the admiration and respect of districts throughout Kentucky...
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KSBA statement of House Bill 208

(Feb. 11, 2021) HB 208 ensures that the critical flexibility under which our schools have operated to date will stay in place for the remainder of this year, allowing administrators and school boards to address pandemic challenges unique to their communities. As districts continue transitioning back to traditional, in-person instruction, this bill provides certainty... 
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KSBA statement on ESSER funding and long-term pandemic recovery

(Jan. 20, 2021) The significance of this investment is not lost on education leaders, but we must not lose sight of the challenges that predated COVID-19, challenges that will remain after the pandemic ends. We must carefully consider that the federal funding is allocated among districts... 
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Carroll County wins PEAK award

Carroll County school district wins KSBA PEAK Award

(Jan. 11, 2021) At the turn of the 20th century, Carroll County was a farming community with more than 1,100 farms and 80,000 acres of farmland. Fast forward more than 100 years and those agricultural roots have diminished with 72% fewer farms. Carroll County Schools recognized a need for the community to focus on its agricultural roots and decided to make its agriculture program a priority.
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Kerri Schelling

Statement from KSBA Executive Director following Gov. Beshear's State of the Commonwealth/Budget address

(Jan. 7, 2021) KSBA looks forward to more closely analyzing the governor’s budget proposal, and we appreciate this administration’s support for public education...
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KSBA donates 80,000 masks to FRYSC

Kentucky School Boards Association donates 80,000 cloth masks to state's Family Resource and Youth Services Centers

The Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA), in partnership with the National School Boards Association and the KSBA Educational Foundation, is donating 80,000 cloth masks to public school students in Kentucky. KSBA will donate the masks directly to the state’s Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC), a division of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
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