It's Saturday, January 10th, 2015 and I'm home from the annual KASP Board "retreat".  The retreat officially starts the new year for the KASP organization and also is a time for the Board to look back on the successes we have had in the previous year.  We welcomed two new faces to the KASP Board, and a few of our current members took new roles within the Board.  As for me, I am remaining your Southeast Kansas Regional Director, and I look forward to continuing to serve in this role.

I have taken a few moments to type of some unofficial notes from the meeting.  I hope that you are able to review these notes and take pride in knowing that KASP is working hard to serve school psychologists and students in Kansas.

  • Fall 2014 Conference Review
    • Many attendees who used purchase orders have not paid.  Currently about $5,600 still unpaid.  Most of that money has been invoiced and payment should be coming soon.
    • Hotel costs were $12,000.
    • Overall conference rating was 4.43 (out of 5)
    • Common suggestions for future topics/presentations: autism identification training (AIT), assessment-specific training (such as new WISC-V training), tips for evaluating low SES or ESOL populations, neuropsychology, practical intervention ideas
  • Future Convention Locations, Dates, and Speakers of Note
    • Spring 2015 – May 15th
    • Fall 2015 – Kansas City – October 8th and 9th – Melisa Reeves and Stephen Brock
    • Fall 2016 – Manhattan – October 13th and 14th – Sam Ortiz
    • Fall 2017 – Lawrence – October 5th and 6th
    • Fall 2018 – Unconfirmed, but likely in Wichita
  • The updated constitution and board member duties aren’t online.  They need to be available.  Webmaster will correct this.
  • The Board should create a “new board member” packet of information.  New board members really don’t get any information about their duties until January.  They were elected in October.  That’s a fair amount of time they could be serving KASP, but they don’t know the roles.  New member packets will introduce board member to their roles prior to first board meeting.
  • New members met with their predecessors.  I met with the other regional directors.  We discussed the process of locating our constituents and the possible need to redraw the regional boundaries.
  • The Board needs to write a better description of the Executive Manager position.
  • The Board needs to get new board members access to social media accounts (if the Board member will need to post information on social media.)
  • Past President: Lead the Board in a presentation about “One Way and Two Way” information sharing. 
  • NASP Delegate: wants to organize a “Kansas Night” for anyone attending NASP in Orlando this year.  If you’re going, let her know so that she can tell you where to meet the Kansas delegation.
  • Regional Directors: 
    • SEK – First regional meeting report.  43 attendees, which was 2x more than the goal.  Most attendees were very pleased and encouraged by the meeting. 
    • NEK – Lawrence will host a regional meeting.
    • Regional Directors again mentioned wanting to redraw the regional boundaries.  SEK Director has already started this process.  All Directors will collaborate via email to propose new divisions.
  • The Board reviewed progress on our strategic plans.  We have accomplished the majority of our goals.  Some yet to be accomplished by Spring 2016.
  • Several free trainings are available for regions or individual districts.  Examples include: GLSEN, Autism Society of the Heartland, and the Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City.