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Sept. 7, 2023

In this issue:

  • Ky. Court of Appeals reverses ruling on actions of Campbell Co. school board
  • KBE to hold special meeting
  • Nominations open for KSBA awards, scholarships, grants
  • September Learn and Earn to discuss wellness policy
  • KSBA seeking workshop proposals for conferences
  • Regional meetings underway
  • Early registration, call for proposals for COSSBA Annual Conference
  • State-mandated board training topic webinars
  • KSPMA 2023 Annual State Conference
  • Upcoming dates, deadlines and events

Ky. Court of Appeals reverses ruling on actions of Campbell Co. school board

The Kentucky Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion late last month that reversed a circuit court ruling voiding actions taken by the Campbell County Board of Education during August and September 2021 meetings that were determined to be in violation of the Open Meetings Act (OMA).

As first reported by Link NKY, Campbell County Circuit Judge Julie R. Ward had ordered the board to pay attorney fees and ruled that, because COVID masking requirements at the meetings were deemed to be in violation of OMA, the business at those meetings was invalid.

Campbell County appealed the ruling. KSBA Staff Attorney John Powell filed an amicus brief in support of the school board, arguing the circuit judge exceeded her authority when she voided votes that happened during the meetings, including a vote taken on tax rates.

The higher court, in its Aug. 25 opinion, agreed:

“Both the Board and the KSBA argue that KRS 61.848(5) does not authorize a court to void actions taken in public meetings which violate KRS 61.840, the statute the Board was found to have violated. We agree this is a correct reading of the statute.”

The ruling also said that Campbell County was not subject to attorney fees because the board operated in good faith and because the OMA violation was not “willful.”

"This clarifies that votes taken at a meeting where the Open Meetings Act was violated can only be voided if tied to efforts to do things in secret," Powell said. "The Campbell County board didn’t try to do anything in secret, so votes taken at those meetings couldn't be voided."

Read the Kentucky Court of Appeals opinion for Campbell County Board of Education v. Moellman, S.W.3d (2023)

KBE to hold special meeting

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) will hold a virtual special meeting at 1 p.m. (ET) on Sept. 14.

The agenda includes possible appointment of an interim education commissioner. Jason Glass, current education commissioner, has announced his last day will be Sept. 29. He is slated to become associate vice president of teaching and learning at Western Michigan University.

The board also plans to adopt a resolution honoring Glass for his service.

Watch the meeting on the Kentucky Department of Education's Media Portal.  

Nominations open for KSBA awards, scholarships, grants

KSBA's award season is now open, giving districts the opportunity to nominate exemplary people and programs that are leading the way in the advancement of public education.

This year’s slate of awards includes the Kentucky School Board Member of the Year (BMOY), the Kentucky Organization of Superintendents’ Administrative Assistants KUP (Knowledge, Understanding and Passion) and the PEAK Award (Public Education Achieves in Kentucky).

KSBA has revamped its awards programs in recent years, launching the BMOY in 2021 and the KOSAA KUP in 2022, and this past year shifting PEAK Award honors to coincide with the association’s Annual Conference. Each award is now presented from the main conference stage at the Galt House in front of nearly 1,000 education leaders.

Information on all three of KSBA's awards, including nomination deadlines and award criteria, can be found on our website.

Nominations are also now open for KSBA’s 2024 First Degree College Scholarship and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student Grant programs. The deadline for districts to submit nominees for both is Nov. 30. More information, including criteria and online nomination forms, can be found at

September Learn and Earn to discuss wellness policy

The September installment of KSBA's 2023 Learn and Earn webinar series, is “A Deeper Dive into Your Wellness Policy.” 


As a participant of the National Breakfast and/or Lunch programs, school districts are required to have a Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) promoting the health of students and addressing the growing problem of childhood obesity and food insecurity. The responsibility for developing a LSWP is local so that the unique needs of each school in the district can be addressed. Join us from noon - 1 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Sept. 13 as the Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE) Stephanie Bunge, school health consultant, and Kathryn Embree, branch manager in KDE's Division of School and Community Nutrition, discuss the federal requirements and how this policy can provide framework for improved student well-being.


Register for this webinar.


Pre-registration and payment is required for all Learn and Earn webinars at a cost of $50 per attendee. Each webinar counts for one hour of school board training credit.


See descriptions and online registration for all upcoming Learn and Earn webinars.

KSBA seeking workshop proposals for conferences

KSBA's 2023 Winter Symposium will be held Dec. 8-9 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown and KSBA's 2024 Annual Conference will be held March 1-3 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. The association is currently seeking proposals for workshop sessions for both events. Selected presenters will share their experiences, information, knowledge or research about successful programs in their districts or topics of critical importance to school board members and other education leaders.

You may review a list of course topics that will be presented at each of our upcoming events before submitting a proposal as some workshop proposals may fall into one of the topics scheduled for the event/conference; however, proposals may be submitted for topics that are generally elective in nature.

See the session proposal guidelines. All workshop proposal submissions for both conferences must be received by Sept. 10. Visit the Call for Workshop Proposals page on our website for more information, including the proposal form link.

If you have questions, contact KSBA's Board Team Development unit at

Regional meetings underway

The 2023 #ksbaRoadShow kicked off Aug. 29 with the first of 12 regional meetings, hosted by

KSBA's 12 regional chairs. The annual tour of the state allows board members, superintendents and other education leaders to gather in proximity to the communities they serve.

A short-format program offers an evening of learning and networking in an intimate setting and members who attend will earn 1.25 hours of state-mandated school board training credit.

Meeting details will be communicated by host districts approximately five to six weeks prior to your region's meeting. See more information on regional meetings, including a list of dates. Find your district's assigned region.

Six of the regional meetings will hold regional chair elections. Links to the nomination forms for the regional chair positions, along with the nomination deadlines, can be found on KSBA's website.

Photo: Attendees from Newport Independent and Ludlow Independent enjoy dinner at the Northern Kentucky regional meeting.

Early registration, call for proposals for COSSBA Annual Conference now open

The Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA) will host its 2024 Annual Conference Feb. 23-25 in Dallas with a preconference on Feb. 22.

Early bird registration is now open at a cost of $595 for the COSSBA Annual Conference only and $825 for the conference and the preconference day. Early registration is available through Dec. 4. Registration is available on COSSBA’s website.

Those attending the COSSBA conference can also reserve hotel rooms at a conference rate by visiting COSSBA’s website. The deadline for hotel reservations is Feb. 1.

COSSBA is also accepting session proposals for its Annual Conference through Sept. 18. Proposals should be innovative with a focus on experiential and interactive learning. However, some high-quality traditional learning sessions will also be considered. Visit the COSSBA website to submit a proposal.

State-mandated board training topic webinars

Planning out your board training schedule for the remainder of the calendar year? For the convenience of our members, KSBA is offering webinar opportunities on the state-mandated topics of ethics, finance and superintendent evaluation. 


Each of the state-mandated topic webinars is $50 per attendee and pre-registration and pre-payment is required. If you are not able to attend after you register, you will have access to the recorded version of the event and will be able to complete the session at your convenience. 


Members will also be able to complete state-mandated training requirements during Winter Symposium, which will be held Dec. 8-9 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. More information on Winter Symposium will be available later this fall.


View a full lineup of webinars and clinic session offerings for the remainder of the calendar year on state-mandated topics.


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KSPMA 2023 Annual State Conference

The Kentucky School Plant Management Association (KSPMA) will host its 2023 Annual State Conference Oct. 18-19 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington. The event will feature more than 300 attendees, more than 80 exhibitors and 18 breakouts sessions. There will also be pre-conference training for HVAC/plumbing/electrical contractors on Oct. 16 and preconference training for electricians (ME/EE) on Oct. 17. A golf scramble tees off on Oct. 17.

KSPMA members are allowed one free attendee with additional attendees discounted. A block of rooms is available at the host hotel through Sept. 15. For more information, visit

Upcoming dates, deadlines and events

Sept. 11: KSBA regional meetings continue

Sept. 12: KDE Superintendents Webcast

Sept. 13: 2024 Kentucky Teacher of the Year announcement

Sept. 14: Special Kentucky Board of Education meeting

Sept. 19: Interim Joint Committee on Education

Sept. 19: Task Force on School and Campus Safety

Oct. 10-11: Kentucky Board of Education meeting

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