WASBO Finance Conference: Reopening Wisconsin Schools

WASBO Finance Conference: Reopening Wisconsin Schools
WASBO is pleased to present this one-day hybrid (in person or virtual) conference designed to address the most urgent and important financial questions facing Wisconsin school districts as we prepare to reopen schools. WASBO is bringing together experts from DPI, the legal profession, and practicing business managers to help you address the challenging months ahead. Your WASBO peers are proud to bring you a conference which is timely, easily accessible to all, affordable, and filled with information you need to know. Register today!

With school districts preparing to reopen in September, there is a critical need to provide our school business officials with timely and useful strategies to address the financial changes school districts are facing.  The "WASBO Finance Conference: Reopening Wisconsin Schools” is intended to address that need.  We are offering this conference with both in-person and virtual attendance options.  In offering in-person attendance, we are fully committed to providing attendees with a safe and healthy learning environment.

To minimize the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, and to respect the health needs of all participants, specific COVID-19 safeguards will be required. These safeguards include a temperature check upon arrival at the conference, wearing a mask throughout the day, physical distancing, use of hand sanitizer, and other precautions.  In addition, the conference venue itself will have many mitigation practices in place.  We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Attendees can choose to attend the conference either in-person or virtually. All sessions will be recorded and provided to attendees after the conference. Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Session topics include:

  • Statewide K12 Overview
  • Federal Funding and Grants
  • Act 185
  • CARES Act
  • Short Term Borrowing
  • WISEdata Finance

Additional Materials and Information



As WASBO begins preparing for in-person conferences, providing attendees with a safe and healthy learning environment is our top priority.  To do this well, all participants must follow the safeguards necessary for minimizing transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The safeguards include the following:

Before the Event:

Prepare to attend by monitoring your fever and symptoms before the conference.

Stay home if you have a fever or other symptoms.

Stay home if you have a family member with COVID-19 and follow CDC recommended precautions.

During the Event: 

Have your temperature checked upon arrival to the conference.

Wear a mask during the conference. A mask is required and will be provided if you do not have one.

Practice physical distancing as required.

Follow the CDC’s handwashing guidance.

Follow the CDC’s sneezing and coughing guidance.

After the Event:

Monitor your temperature and symptoms to keep yourself and others safe.

If you are uncomfortable with these safeguards, you should not attend in-person. WASBO has created an opportunity to participate virtually.


To learn more about how the Kalahari is making changes to keep their guests safe, please visit:  https://www.kalaharimeetings.com/our-covid-19-response/

The August 11 conference will provide school leaders with critical information needed to reopen the schools safely this fall. We are confident that WASBO members can safely conduct an in-person conference with comprehensive COVID-19 safeguards in place and practiced by all who attend.  


To register, please sign in or click the create a new account link in the area to the right. If you have previously attended a WASBO conference, your User Name is your email address. If you don't recall your password, click the Forgot My Password link to the right to reset it.  

Be sure to click the orange Save Responses button below before you Proceed to Checkout.

Individuals registering at the Non-Member rate receive a free trial membership through 6/30/2021 if you have not previously been a member. At least one individual from your organization must be a WASBO member to take advantage of multi-attendee pricing. If the multi-attendee pricing option is selected erroneously (i.e. you are the only registrant from your organization), you agree to be billed for the difference in registration fees. Each individual will need to register separately.

8/11/2020 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Central Standard Time
Kalahari Convention Center 1305 Kalahari Drive Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965


Tuesday, 11 August 2020

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
8/11/2020 7:45 AM
Get the latest information you need to know about the statewide picture for Wisconsin school districts. Mike Barry from WASBO; John Forester, SAA; Dan Bush, DPI will discuss the political and financial outlook for Wisconsin public schools.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8/11/2020 8:30 AM
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
8/11/2020 9:30 AM
Allison and Joe will discuss how a new tax settlement date and other considerations in the current times could affect your school district cash flows, and learn about short term borrowing trends and legal requirements.
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
8/11/2020 9:40 AM
10:40 AM - 10:50 AM
8/11/2020 10:40 AM
DPI's Federal Funding Team lead by Rachel Zellmer will present on Maintenance of Effort and use of Federal Funds for COVID-19 related purposes.
10:50 AM - 11:50 AM
8/11/2020 10:50 AM
11:50 AM - 12:50 PM
8/11/2020 11:50 AM
DPI has created a survey instrument which school districts will use for reporting. DPI's Erin Fath will preview the survey instruments and reporting requirements.
12:50 PM - 1:50 PM
8/11/2020 12:50 PM
1:50 PM - 2:00 PM
8/11/2020 1:50 PM
DPI’s next-generation financial reporting system, years in the making, is here! The 2020-21 school year will be an “open beta” for WISEdata Finance, an opportunity for school business professionals, software vendors, and the DPI School Financial Services Team to begin accessing and working with the system directly. Learn about goals and next steps as we prepare for the formal statewide launch of WISEdata Finance in the fall of 2021.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
8/11/2020 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM
8/11/2020 3:00 PM
Find out how your district will learn about how your district can access the CARES Act Funding, including information on eligibility, aid estimates, claiming process, and private school participation. DPI will lead the presentation.
3:10 PM - 4:10 PM
8/11/2020 3:10 PM

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