Bluemont Hotel, Convention 2018
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COURT REPORTING SCHOOLS IN KANSAS
Court Reporting Institute of Kansas City -- Steno writing
Kansas City, Kansas Community College www.kckcc.edu -- Steno writing
Neosho County Community College -- Steno writing
Peaslee Technical School -- Voice writing
KCRA does not endorse or recommend any school over another.
KCRA is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest standards of verbatim reporting, quality services, professional ethics, and advocating continuing education, as well as the utilization of state-of-the-art technology.
Fun social events, career fairs, camaraderie with other court reporters, great conventions, informative speakers, and retirees. Won't you come join us!!!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - MARCH 2018
I hope you all enjoyed National Court Reporting & Captioning Week. It was a success. The media attention in the Kansas City area helped fill the A to Z program at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Their enrollment in the class went from 3 to 20 overnight, and there are more on a waiting list. KCKCC is the newest of three court reporting and captioning programs in Kansas, and they are slated to begin classes in April of this year. Naola Vaughn is leading the A to Z program, and they’re in need of machines. If you have any machines to donate, please let me know and I will get you in touch with Naola. How incredible is it that Kansas has THREE court reporting and captioning schools in our state?!
Also, legislatively, Lynelle Gottschalk presented in front of the House Rural Caucus on Feb 14th to educate the caucus on the need for salary increases for the Judicial Branch. Coleen Boxberger and I also attended. It was a collaborative presentation by the Kansas District Judges Association, Kansas Association of District Court Clerks & Administrators, and the Kansas Association of Court Services Officers. KCRA also provided Valentine’s cookies in recognition of CRCWeek, which were a big hit. Hopefully this is the year the salaries for the Judicial Branch get brought up to market level, but we’ve got a long way to go with this legislative session. We will keep you updated.
As part of CRCWeek, KCRA received a proclamation from the Governor and also Chief Justice Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court. I was quoted in a press release by OJA, and unfortunately, a Justice AV Solutions (JAVS) salesman used my quote in a sales pitch that went out to a number of judges and court administrators in Kansas. Here is the e-mail that went out:
Just wanted to take a quick moment to extend my gratitude for the court reporters working in all of your districts. They truly provide a service to the courts, and are very appreciated.
Danielle Murray said, in a recent press release by the Office of Judicial Administration, "Court reporters play a vital role in our system of justice in the state of Kansas, and we are experiencing a shortage of qualified court reporters in our state... We have many unfilled positions, and it is our hope that this week will bring awareness to the profession and help get students into our court reporting schools and eventually fill our positions."
While I hope your district is not being impacted by the current shortage of court reporters, I do want to mention that Justice AV Solutions (JAVS) has many courtroom AV solutions that are geared toward helping court reporters work more efficiently. From multi-channel audio capture, to high quality recordings that filter out sharp or background noised, your reporters will be able to review their transcripts like never before.
If you would like to discuss how we can help your court reporters and overall courtroom efficiency, please write me back.”
Please let your judges and administrators know that KCRA has not and does not endorse DR over our own reporting, even if JAVS wants it to look like that. There are constant problems and failures with recording systems, as you all know. Certified court reporters are a far superior form of taking the record, and DR does not compare. As a reminder, if you experience a recording failure, report it to Mary Kay Howe, firstname.lastname@example.org, as she keeps a list of all of the failures throughout the state.
I know you are all working very hard. We still have 12 official positions around the state to fill. Thank you to all who have travelled and filled in for counties short on reporters.
Our next board meeting is April 14th. Please let me know if there’s anything you would like added to the agenda. We’re always looking for new people to serve on the board or on committees, so if you are interested, please contact Cindy Isaacsen, Nomination Committee Chair, Cindy.Isaacsen@jocogov.org.
To wrap up this book, don’t forget to make plans to attend our annual conference in the Little Apple! Our conference is being held in Manhattan June 7-9. More information will be coming soon.
I hope you’re able to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having. Keep punching away.
Danielle R. Murray, CCR, RPR, CRR
KCRA is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization.
For further information, contact our Executive Director:
Coleen Boxberger, KCRA Executive Director