Law Update

Law Update

KSBA’s Law Update to show how schoolhouses rock 

Kentucky School Advocate
May 2019

By Brenna R. Kelly
Staff writer
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For some going to school in the summer might be a punishment, but for school board members, administrators and board attorneys it’s an opportunity. 

KSBA’s 13th Annual Federal and State Law Update, sponsored by the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS), will be held June 14 at Fayette County’s Frederick Douglass High School. The event will give attendees a first-hand look at how schoolhouses rock. 

In addition to legislative and policy updates that anchor the one-day conference, this year’s theme will be school safety.  

“The realities facing schools today makes it a natural fit for this conference, as a law update, to have the focus on school safety,” said Amy Peabody, KSBA staff attorney/Legal Training Services who is coordinating the conference. 
A student passes through a metal detector as she arrives to school at Fayette County
Schools’ Frederick Douglass High School. (Photo courtesy of Fayette County Schools)

The conference will include presentations from Jon Akers, KCSS executive director, and Alex Payne, commissioner of the Department of Criminal Justice Training. 

“It’s a pleasure for us to be able to sponsor this because the school boards association has been our partner since 1999 when the Center for School Safety came to life,” Akers said. 

The conference will include presentations on Senate Bill 1, the school safety bill that is now law. 

“Senate Bill 1 is a very comprehensive piece of legislation and there are a lot of nuances in there that need to be highlighted and reviewed and we can give the participants ideas on how they can implement the components of the bill,” Akers said. 

Though administrators will be the ones implementing the bill, it’s important for school board members to understand the bill’s language and components so they can discuss it with school administrators, Akers said. 

“It makes sense to have to the policymakers at the table,” he said. 

Fayette County staff and students will discuss the roles that architecture, personnel and metal detectors play in school safety and discuss the district’s $13.5 million school safety initiative funded by a recent recallable tax. 

The presentation will include a tour of the school which opened in fall 2017. It was the first in Fayette County school with metal detectors.

“It’s a great opportunity for these different leaders in school districts to come together and experience an immersion and tour of a new school facility to see what to consider as they tackle those kinds of projects and issues in their own districts,” Peabody said. 

In addition to the safety presentations, Eric Kennedy, KSBA’s director of governmental relations, will provide an update on the outcomes of the General Assembly, KSBA’s policy staff will share policy revisions and their effects on districts and KSBA’s Staff Attorney John Fogle will discuss recent Open Meetings Act case law.

2019 Law Update: Schoolhouses Rock 
When: 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., June 14 
Where: Frederick Douglass High School, 2000 Winchester Road, Lexington 
Who: School board members, district administrators and board attorneys.
Other: 7.25 training hours available; catered breakfast, lunch

Can’t attend? Order materials from the conference on KSBA’s website.
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