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.
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.
Topeka - On Tuesday, USA|Kansas and school leaders will appear before Legislative Committees to share stories about innovation and excellence in Kansas public schools. Rather than complaining about the challenges our state and our districts face, our organization is focused on solutions and engaging in a dialogue about how best to support Kansas students succeed in a global market.

USA|Kansas members will receive Legislative Updates and Alerts via email throughout the session. Additional communications may be made available via Twitter and Facebook. To access past Legislative Updates and Alerts, click here.

To download a copy of the 2014 USA|Kansas Legislative Positions and Priorities, 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.

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.

Here are some quick links to resources to help get the year started:

Don't forget to renew your membership. 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.

USA|Kansas Administrator Directory, 2013-2014. Keep track of your colleagues and build your professional network. The Directory includes contact for administrators, service centers, postsecondary education and even your retired colleagues.

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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