Board Excellence Newsletter - Fall 2014
Information for Local K-State Research and Extension Board Members
Volume IV, Issue 4 — Fall 2014
From the Associate Director
K-State Research and Extension is a partnership of Kansas State University and the local extension board. An important link in that partnership is the opportunity I have to work with the State Extension Advisory Committee (SEAC). These committee members are current or former local extension board chairs. They serve in a consultative role as we look to the future success of K-State Research and Extension.
New members will be elected for the 2015–2018 term at the January 2015 Partnership Meetings. The nomination deadline is December 5, 2014. A Call for Nominations as well as an explanation of the role of the SEAC is available at:
The group meets twice a year: February in Topeka and August at rotating locations around the state. During the four-year term, each SEAC member has an opportunity to participate in the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C., which includes a visit to Kansas congressional leaders.
I would encourage you to consider nominating yourself or colleagues for a position on the SEAC.
– Daryl D. Buchholz, email@example.com
For a livestock producer, each live-born calf that reaches weaning in good health represents a step in feeding the world and improving profitability.
In response to this need, K-State Research and Extension educators organized Calving Management Schools in five northwest Kansas locations in January 2014. The schools were designed to provide training to cow/calf producers on the sequence of events during calving — and when and how to provide assistance if the birth is not progressing normally. Herd-management information aimed at improving calf health and survivability was also emphasized at the schools and in newsletters, radio programs, and newspaper articles.
In a survey conducted six months after the meetings, nearly 40 percent of participants indicated they had made a change in practices related to calving assistance. Next steps will include workshops focused on pre-calving management steps to improve calf viability and prevent calving difficulties.
Self-Assessment Tool Aims to Help Boards Develop Strong Leadership Skills
Now is the time for each local board to conduct a self-assessment by completing the Excellence in Board Leadership Assessment.
Excellence in the local extension program reflects the leadership and commitment of each board member. The assessment is a tool to guide boards in developing their leadership skills. At the beginning of the year, boards set goals based on best practices to guide their work. Throughout the year, board members review their goals together, complete the self-assessment, and submit the document to the area director by the following January 1.
Boards that achieve a standard for 2014 will be recognized for their accomplishments at January 2015 Partnership Meetings.
The self-assessment is on the Board Leadership website. Click on Excellence in Board Leadership Assessment in the purple box at the lower left of the screen.
Use Executive Session Appropriately at Extension Board Meetings
Extension board meetings are subject to the Kansas Open Meetings Act, which requires public boards to conduct business and take binding actions in meetings open to the public. The KOMA requires that a notice of the date, time, place, and agenda of any regular or open meeting be provided to anyone requesting such notice.
An executive session can be called for reasons stated in the statute, including personnel matters. A motion to recess into an executive session must contain the justification for the session, the time and place when the meeting will resume, and names of inpiduals invited to participate. Discussion during the session is limited to the stated subject. No binding action can be taken in an executive session.
The KOMA gives the public the right to view the board meeting but not the right to speak at a board meeting. Boards may grant the right to speak and may establish policies for public meeting participation. The policy might include the amount of time allotted for an inpidual to speak as well as the process for referral, if necessary, of the public comment.
Additional information can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/ksre-koma.
Kansans sometimes struggle to manage their money due to a lack of financial literacy. Add to that the complexity of the tax code, and taxpayers turn anxiety from a lack of knowledge into a crippling lack of action.
Agents in seven local K-State Research and Extension units provide support to the Free Tax Assistance efforts of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax Aide. These agents are certified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax preparers, and in some locations they lead or work with a local coalition to recruit and train tax volunteers.
Extension educators know financial education is the first step to help taxpayers make responsible decisions with their money. Taxpayers are at a teachable moment when volunteer preparers can help them understand how changes in family, work, or income may affect their future returns.
In addition to learning more about making future financial decisions, during the 2014 tax season (filing 2013 returns), IRS statistics show these Kansas taxpayers received $11.67 million in refunds. They saved an estimated $2 million in tax preparation fees while paying tax liabilities totaling more than $1.1 million. Both the tax refunds and the money saved on tax preparation fees represent cash these families have available to put toward achieving financial goals.
Volume IV, Issue 4 — Fall 2014
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