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January 2011 State Board News


Board Selects New Leaders

It took five ballots for Dave Dennis, who represents state board district 10, to be elected chair of the State Board of Education for 2011-2012. The first 4 ballots resulted in 5-5 deadlocks, with various other board members nominated in addition to Dennis.

On Wednesday morning, on the 5th ballot, board members John Bacon, Carolyn Campbell, Walt Chappell, Dave Dennis, Kathy Martin and Ken Willard provided the 6 votes necessary for election.

Carolyn Campbell, who represented district 4, was elected vice chair of the board on the 3rd ballot. Voting for Campbell were Carolyn Campbell, Walt Chappell, Sally Cauble, Sue Storm, Jana Shaver and Janet Waugh.

Sue Storm, district 2, was elected legislative liaison, and Ken Willard, district 7 was elected assistant legislative liaison.

Jana Shaver, district 9, Kathy Martin, district 6, and Carolyn Campbell were re-elected to the policy committee.

Sally Cauble, district 5, was re-elected to the Education Commission of the States.

Additional committee appointments will be made at the February meeting.

In other action, the State Board:

  • Accepted recommendations from the Licensure Review Committee to approve 6 and deny 2 licensure requests
  • Accepted recommendations from the Evaluation Review Committee for:
    o   Benedictine College — approve with stipulation 1 new program
    o   Bethel College — approve 10 programs; approve with stipulation 1 program
    o   Central Christian College — approve with stipulation 1 new program
    o   MidAmerica Nazarene University — approve 5 programs; approve with stipulation 4 programs
    o   Newman University — approve with stipulation 2 new programs
    o   Ottawa University — approve with stipulation 3 new programs
    o   Washburn University — approve 20 programs
    o   Fort Hays State University — continuing accreditation through 12/31/17
    o   Wichita State University — continuing accreditation through 12/31/17
  • Recognized representatives of teachers who earned the first Teacher Leader endorsements
  • Recognized the Kansas principals of the year
  • Received the Special Education Advisory Council annual report
  • Heard from Career and Technical Student Organizations officers
  • Received the final report from the Governor’s Commission on Graduation and Drop-out Prevention
  • Received the quarterly update from the Kansas Learning Network
  • Heard a presentation on UKanTeach

February Meeting

The board will meet in Topeka on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 8 and 9. A retreat is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, February 6 and Monday, February 7, subject to the availability of a facilitator. The meeting agenda and materials should be available on the KSDE website on Monday, January 31.


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