The Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP) and the Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals (KAESP) have declared the month of October as National Principals Month in coordination with the efforts of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Governor Sam Brownback has issued a proclamation recognizing the important work of school principals in Kansas.
The first meeting of the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission will be held Friday, July 18, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court Room in the Statehouse. The agenda is not yet available, but one of the tasks will be to elect a chair. The commission was established in HB 2506.
The Kansas delegation called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to postpone vote on proposed changes to the E-Rate program. This morning the Kansas delegation urged the FCC to delay today's vote on proposed changes to the E-Rate program. Over the past two weeks, many of our Kansas administrators have expressed concern that the proposed changes by the FCC fail to recognize the needs of our small, rural communities — especially those with low wealth.
LAST WEEKEND, we celebrated Independence Day. Many of us enjoyed trips to the lake, cookouts and long weekends away from the office. There were fireworks, parades and porches decorated with American flags and banners. But, there are still opportunities for you to show your patriotism and celebrate our democracy. Many of our races will be decided in the Primary Election on August 5. Put the following dates on your calendar and consider extending your Independence Day celebration.
Governor Brownback announced his third and final appointment to the newly created K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. The Governor’s third at-large appointment, effective July 1, is Meg Wilson, principal of Hoisington High School and candidate for the Kansas State Board of Education. Wilson will join three other administrators on the Commission - Jim Hinson, Shawnee Mission superintendent; Bev Mortimer, Concordia superintendent; and Ken Thiessen, Wichita East High School principal.
Senate President Susan Wagle has appointed Wichita East High School principal Ken Thiessen and Sam Williams, former chair of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, to serve on the Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. Thiessen will join two other school administrators on the Commission. Last week, Governor Brownback appointed two school superintendents to serve on the Commission - Dr. Jim Hinson of Shawnee Mission and Bev Mortimer of Concordia. The Governor has one final appointment to make.

As you enroll students, welcome teachers and prepare for the first day of school, don't forget to take time to renew your USA|Kansas membership. You can renew online or download a PDF membership form.

The KanSPRA Fall Conference, Navigating New Skies will be held October 29-31, 2014, at the Joyce Focht Instructional Support Center in Wichita. Click here to register online for the 2014 KanSPRA Fall Conference or download a PDF registration form to mail in. To download the Conference Program, click here.

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2014-2015 Superintendent Changes The most recent superintendent change list for 2014-2015 is now available online. Please note that this list is subject to change regularly. To submit changes or updated information, please contact the USA|Kansas office at 785.232.6566.

KSDE Timeline for Reports and Collections, 2013-2014. Have you updated your calendar with report deadlines? Download this report to keep track of when and how to submit reports to KSDE.

Kansas Statutes for School Administrators. This page includes a list of frequently accessed Kansas Statutes governing public schools, especially school finance.

KPERS Members: Your Benefits Are Changing.
To help members and employers understand the benefit changes enacted this past legislative session, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) has developed a special section on their website for changes going into effect in January, 2014.
Recent reports indicate that some school district firewalls may be blocking communication from USA|Kansas and some of our member associations. Sometimes, systems will see multiple people at one USD, getting the same email at the same time, as suspicious activity. To ensure that you receive communication from USA|Kansas, please provide the following information list of IP addresses to your IT departments.

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