Press Releases
Ralph Beacham, Associate Executive Director, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center – Greenbush (Interlocal 609) has been named the 2011 Outstanding Service Award recipient by United School Administrators of Kansas (USA|Kansas). Beacham was recognized by the association and colleagues on Thursday, January 27, 2011, during the USA|Kansas annual convention in Wichita.
Each year, USA|Kansas bestows upon one of its administrators the Outstanding Service Award – the highest honor the organization awards. This individual is nominated by the presidents of each of the 10 statewide member associations and is recognized for outstanding contributions to the profession and for exemplary leadership. This individual MUST be a member of USA|Kansas. The final selection will not be announced until the opening session at the USA|Kansas annual convention on Thursday, January 27, 2011.
Topeka - On Sunday evening, the Kansas Legislature passed legislation that, in addition to providing funding for K-12 education, eliminated due process rights for our teachers and provided tax credits for private education. Educators and parents across the state remained hopeful that the Legislature would pass a clean school finance bill in a statement of support for public education.
Norm Wilks, Director for Fiscal and Support Services, El Dorado USD 490 has been named the 2014 Outstanding Service Award recipient by United School Administrators of Kansas (USA|Kansas). Wilks was recognized by the association on Thursday, January 23, 2014, during the USA|Kansas annual convention in Wichita. Norm and his wife, Mary Frances, are pictured on the right.

This year’s recipient of the USA|Kansas Outstanding Service Award, Norm Wilks, has demonstrated remarkable leadership during his long and distinguished career. While addressing a group of school leaders, Craig Wilford, USA|Kansas president-elect, said “Norm has spent most of his professional career working on two things that we grateful for, but also two things we are not always enthusiastic about –legal issues and school finance.”
The Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators (KAMSA) is proud to announce the 2012-2013 KAMSA Middle School of the Year Awards. The KAMSA selection committee has completed their selection process, and Kevin Logan of Lyons Middle School was selected as 2012-2013 KAMSA Middle School Principal of the Year. Lisa Krone, Clark Middle School, Bonner Springs, was named 2012-2013 KAMSA Assistant Principal of the Year.
Topeka, Kansas – The Kansas School Superintendents' Association has selected Olathe Superintendent Marlin Berry as the 2013 Kansas Superintendent of the Year. Candidates for superintendent of the year are assessed according to their professionalism, communication, community involvement and leadership in meeting the needs of students. As Kansas Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Berry will be recognized at the KSSA Awards and Recognition breakfast during the USA|Kansas annual convention in January, and will go on to compete in the National Superintendent of the Year program. In addition, KSSA provides a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior selected by the Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

Register online for the conference. Online registration is now open. What's new with registration? One price for the entire convention. No pre-convention fees. No lunch program fees. One registration fee provides access to KSSA Day at USA|Kansas, the Principal's Summer Academy and all other activities during the convention. Click HERE to register online today or click here to download the convention brochure and registration form you can fax or mail in. Deadline for Early Registration: May 15, 2015

Feeling the budget crunch?
For every 2 registrations, a 3rd registration will receive a 50% discount and a 4th member will attend for FREE. For $750 a district can bring 4 administrators to the 2015 USA Kansas Convention, maximizing learning and not over extending budgets.

Reserve your hotel room(s) online. Click HERE to book your sleeping room at the Hyatt for the 2015 USA|Kansas Annual Convention. The convention is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 - Friday, June 5 in Wichita. If you need additional assistance, please call 1-888-421-1442.

We are no longer taking Learning Cluster proposals. The deadline to submit a proposal was April 3, 2015.
Here are some quick administrator resources:

2015-2016 Superintendent Changes The most recent superintendent change list for 2015-2016 is now available online. Please note that this list is subject to change regularly and is based on personnel information we receive from district offices. To submit changes or updated information, please contact the USA|Kansas office at 785.232.6566.

Kansas Statutes for School Administrators. This page includes a list of frequently accessed Kansas Statutes governing public schools, especially school finance.
USA|Kansas members will receive Legislative Updates and Alerts via email throughout the session. Follow us on Twitter (@USAKansas) and Facebook for more frequent updates.

The House and Senate will be on General Orders on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. You can listen to floor action via live streaming:
Click here for the House Proceedings Audio Feed
Click here for the Senate Proceedings Audio Feed

Committee meetings for week of March 23, 2015. Conference Committees are expected to meet on Thursday and Friday. That schedule is subject to floor action earlier in the week.

To download a copy of the 2015 USA|Kansas Legislative Positions and Priorities, click here.

Kansas Legislators
Click here to access contact information for members of the Kansas Senate.

Click here to access contact information for members of the Kansas House of Representatives.

Legislative Committees
For a list of Legislative Committee information, including members, meetings times and locations, click here.

Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Testimony
Are you thinking of testifying before a committee? Are you unsure of how to go about signing up and preparing for a hearing? Whether it is your first time or the tenth time, it's never a bad thing to brush up on the rules. This information is intended to provide guidance on signing up to testify, help you prepare your testimony and understand the committee rules. If you have additional questions, please contact the USA|Kansas office.
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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