Four board members honored
Four Eudora Board of Education members were recently recognized for their commitment to education.
Board members Greg Neis, Kenny Massey, Bob Rice and Marion Johnson received Level I status awards from the Kansas Association of School Boards' Boardsmanship Academy at the July 20 Eudora Board of Education meeting.
Assistant Executive Director of KASB Mark Tallman said in order for school board members to receive awards, they have to earn a certain number of points for attending continuing education seminars.
"The way it works is as board members complete different training seminars, they receive points. The points vary depending on the different seminars," Tallman said. "We have two levels. Level one awards are for people who have earned 50 points and level two awards have earned 100 points."
Because the seminars were optional and time consuming, he said the awards were important because they showed the commitment of the board members.
"We are recognizing board members who have been able to make time to attend our seminars," he said. "We want to recognize the fact that they have received a level of training to help them do their job as board members better."
Tallman said the continuing education seminars covered issues and decisions facing Kansas school districts.
"For example, this summer we put on a meeting dealing with the open records act and the background checks the state legislature recently passed," he said. "We also put on a summer academy focusing on general training, problem solving issues and other items."
He said once the school year began, seminars dealing with school finance issues, religion and schools, recent Supreme Court decisions, employee evaluation and declining enrollment were available for board members to attend.
"The association puts on a number of programs a year," Tallman said. "We do this because we think it is important for board members to continue to be trained in education"
Board member Neis said he attended the seminars because he thought it was important to have a say in the state legislature.
"I believe it's essential we keep up on the state level," Neis said. "(KASB will) speak for us as a one. They speak to the legislature for us. We need to have a voice."