December 01st, 2023
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KASB advises board on superintendent search

school board workshopKASB representative Steve Karlin talks to current and incoming USD 480 school board members during a workshop session Wednesday afternoon concerning the search for a new superintendent. L&T photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The search for a new superintendent for USD 480 is now officially under way. 

Wednesday, the USD 480 school board met with Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) representative Steve Karlin to talk about beginning the search process. 

“I would say this is one of the most important functions a school board has, selecting a superintendent,” Karlin said. “This is a really interesting time for this district since there was just an election a few weeks ago and there will be three new board members coming up. This is also really the best situation you could have, because you have the opportunity to gain some input from some board members who have experience and input from the new board members coming in. It’s great having all these people involved in the process, because there’s nothing worse than hiring someone and then everyone clashing.”


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K-12 operating cash reserves hit $1.25 billion

GUEST COLUMN, Dave Trabert, Kansas Policy Institute


New data from the Kansas Department of Education show school districts collectively added $68 million to their operating cash reserves in the last school year, bringing the total to $1.25 billion.

Operating cash reserves exclude balances in Capital Outlay, Federal, and Bond & Interest.  Funds operate like checking accounts; the ending balance increases if more money goes in than is spent.  Taken collectively, the increase in operating cash reserves indicates that school districts did not spend all of the state and local tax dollars provided last year.

Some fund balances, including Supplemental General and Contingency, have no restrictions.  The balances in some funds, like At-Risk, Special Education, and Food Service cannot be spent on anything else, but districts can tap into the money by not transferring General Fund money to them and spending down the balance.

Some of the largest increases include Blue Valley ($9.4 million), Wichita ($9.3 million), Shawnee Mission ($9.2 million), Lawrence ($8 million), Emporia ($3.7 million), and Salina and Olathe each added $3.5 million.