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February 21, 2024

In this issue:

  • Senate committee to hear KBE partisan elections bill today at noon
  • Bill to require student transportation policy advances
  • KSBA to offer legislative update webinar on Feb. 23
  • KSBA Annual Conference is one week away
  • Applications for education commissioner now closed
  • Superintendent Searches
  • February Kentucky School Advocate available online
  • KSBA in the News
  • Upcoming dates, deadlines and events

Bill alert: Senate committee to hear KBE partisan elections bill at noon today

The Senate State and Local Government Committee is slated to hear SB 8 when it convenes today at noon (ET). Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, filed the legislation, proposing that seats on the state board of education be subject to partisan primaries and elections within the state's supreme court divisions.

The bill also prohibits anyone from serving on the state board if they have served on a local school board anytime in the previous four years. The bill makes no such restrictions on any other former elected officials. 

SB 8 was on the committee’s Feb. 7 agenda, but was passed over for consideration.

View the agenda for today’s Senate State and Local Government Committee. The meeting will be streamed live on

Bill to require student transportation policy advances 

A bill that would require school boards to adopt a transportation policy and students to sign the policy passed the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

Rep. Emily Callaway, R-Louisville, explained that House Bill 446 is designed to “make sure that our bus drivers are heard, protected and respected and that our children are transported in a safe environment.”

The bill comes as the state has faced a bus driver shortage for several years. Part of the reason for the shortage is student behavior, Callaway said.

The bill directs the Kentucky Department of Education to create a policy that local boards would then adopt. Starting in the 2024-25 school year, parents and students would have to sign policy within the first seven days of school.

“This policy also addresses parent and guardian behavior, emphasizing that they will be liable if they become aggressive or create an unsafe environment for the drivers or the riders,” Callaway said.

If parents or students violate the policy, districts would be allowed to restrict transportation services.

Rep. Tina Bojanowski, D-Louisville, a special education teacher, asked whether a parent could sign for a young student, such as a kindergartener. Callaway said having the student write their name would be a good way to practice writing their name.

The bill passed the committee with 15 yes votes, three pass votes and zero no votes. The bill will now go the full House.

Photo: Louisville Republicans Rep. Emily Callaway and Rep. Kevin Bratcher present HB 446 to the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

KSBA to offer legislative update webinar on Feb. 23

To help keep district leaders informed and engaged, KSBA invites school board members and superintendents to participate in a short webinar at 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 23. KSBA staff will offer insights and analysis on several high-priority bills with potential impact on school districts.

The webinar is free and open to school board members and superintendents, however registration is required.

Register for Webinar

KSBA Annual Conference is one week away!

KSBA's 2024 Annual Conference is just over one week away (March 1-3). More than 800 school board members and district administrators have already registered for #KSBA24. Don’t miss one of Kentucky’s largest annual gatherings of education leaders. If you have not done so already, click the blue button below to begin registration, or you may view/download a print-friendly schedule with clinic session descriptions

Annual Conference will feature three engaging keynote speakers, more than 50 clinic sessions, a sold out Trade Show and the CTE Student Showcase.

Register now for #KSBA24

During the Saturday Luncheon at Annual Conference, KSBA will recognize the 2024 Board Member of the Year, the 2024 PEAK Award winner and the 2024 Kentucky Association of Superintendents' Assistants (KOSAA) KUP winner. KSBA will also present this year's class of First Degree Scholarship recipients and recognize this year's CTE Student Grant recipients.

Applications for education commissioner now closed

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) announced that it had received 15 applications for commissioner of education when applications closed on Feb. 16. During the last search for an education commissioner in 2020, the board received 46 applications for the job.

The new education commissioner will the be first to require state Senate confirmation after lawmakers passed a bill in 2023 to give the Senate the authority to veto the board’s choice.

The KBE interview committee is scheduled to meet March 7-8 to review the applications and then hold finalists’ interviews on March 18-19. The KBE plans to announce the new commissioner at a special called meeting sometime after the interviews. The board hopes to have the chosen person confirmed by the Senate before the legislative session ends on April 15 and expects to have the new education commissioner in place by July 1.

Superintendent Searches

KSBA works with school boards across Kentucky to help facilitate the selection of districts’ next chief administrators. KSBA is actively involved with the following superintendent searches. Click the links to be redirected to the position postings and application instructions. 

Daviess County Schools

Application deadline: Feb. 25, 2024

Union County Schools

Application deadline: March 3, 2024

Bracken County Schools

Application deadline: March 8, 2024

February Kentucky School Advocate available online

KSBA Executive Director Kerri Schelling celebrates a quarter of a century serving local school boards. See how she got her start and why she remains dedicated to KSBA members in the February issue of the Kentucky School Advocate.

Also in the February Advocate:

Upcoming dates and events

Feb. 22: Senate Education Committee meeting

Feb. 22-25: COSSBA Annual Conference

Feb. 29: Local School Board Member Advisory Council

March 1-3: KSBA Annual Conference

March 1-2: CSBA Spring Meeting

March 1: KOSAA Winter Meeting

March 12: : KDE's Superintendents' Webcast

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