Topeka, Kansas - The State Board of Education has selected Dr. Randy Watson, superintendent, McPherson USD 418 as the next Commissioner of Education. The vote was 7-3, with Campbell, Cauble and Waugh voting no.

Watson has been superintendent in McPherson since 2005, having served as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in the district before that. In 2011, McPherson became the first school district in the nation to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind, allowing the district to use ACT assessment for 6th to 12th grades. The waiver allowed McPherson to fully implement their C3 – Citizenship, College and Career Readiness plan.
During the recent Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals (KAESP) and Kansas Association for Secondary School Principals (KASSP) Fall Conference, long-serving executive director Gene Haydock announced plans to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Surrounded by long-time friends and colleagues, Haydock announced his plans to retire, effective June 30, 2016. Haydock's retirement will come at the end of 11 years of service to the elementary principals organization and 31 years of service to secondary school principals.
Topeka - The State Board of Education will interview four candidates for the Commissioner of Education position. The announcement came earlier today. The candidates will be interviewed on November 5 and 6 in Topeka and hopes to announce the new Commissioner at the November State Board of Education meeting.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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