2020 WASBO Foundation Fall Conference

2020 WASBO Foundation Fall Conference
Extraordinary Leadership is needed in these extraordinary times of change. Join us virtually for professional development as you serve the students in your district.

 

Missed the conference? Register by November 16 to access all of the session recordings and additional resources! 

WASBO in conjunction with the Fall Conference Planning committee was pleased to present a virtual conference on October 15-16. The program addressed the most urgent and important school operations topics facing Wisconsin school districts as we move into the school year: 

  • School Operations During a Pandemic
  • Unemployment 101
  • Understanding Human Resources Related to COVID-19
  • Transportation Contracts
  • GASB 84 Implementation
  • Update on CARES Act
  • Mental Health Considerations for Employees
  • Module 2 Building Systems and Module 6 Leadership
  • Get the full schedule

The Fall Conference content will provide you with extraordinary information needed as you lead in your district.

All sessions were recorded. Additionally, you will have access to over 20 on demand topics. 

 

Additional Materials and Information

 

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Individuals registering at the Non-Member rate for the Full Conference or Thursday only 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.


When
10/15/2020 8:00 AM - 10/16/2020 11:59 PM
Central Standard Time
Where
Online

Program

   

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Description
Join us as we kick off the 2020 WASBO Foundation Fall Conference!
Track
General Session
Time
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
8:00 AM
This session will provide attendees with a recap of pertinent legal developments over the course of the past year. . .with a twist. The presenters will not only include an overview of the latest developments from the state and federal courts and legislatures, but attendees will leave the presentation with the understanding of, and tools necessary for, how to navigate the latest legal challenges facing schools.
Track
General Session
Time
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
8:15 AM
According to the World Health Organization, depression and anxiety cost the global economy more than $1 trillion in lost productivity annually. More and more districts are recognizing the challenges that mental health conditions, especially if untreated, can cause in the workplace. So what can be done? Please join us for a practical discussion where we will present strategies for supporting employees with mental health conditions, providing reasonable accommodations and reducing the stigma associated with mental health. We’ll also specifically address common legal pitfalls when complying with ADA, FMLA and other leave/accommodation laws.
Track
Human Resource Management
Time
9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
9:25 AM
"Wow, the foodservice lost that much money?" or "Wow, the foodservice made that much money!" Let's dig into why either of these scenarios happen.
Track
Finance
Time
9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
9:25 AM
The State's Fiscal Condition, Prospects for Statutory Flexibility, and the 2021-23 State Budget Outlook. SAA Executive Director John Forester will use this session to engage WASBO members in a discussion of the 2020-21 state fiscal condition, the outlook for the 2021-23 state budget process, and the prospects for achieving legislative support for the SAA Statutory Flexibility Agenda this school year.  John will also leave time for member questions.
Track
Finance
Time
9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
9:25 AM
Do you ever wonder if you will be over or under budget at the end of the year?  Did you budget enough in salary and benefits this year?  Do you wonder how to determine salary equity for your hourly and salary staff?  This session will focus on how to analyze your data in Excel in easy and meaningful ways with an emphasis on practicality.
Track
Finance
Time
9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
9:25 AM
As of July 1, 2015, all subrecipients of Federal funds - such as those awarded under IDEA and Title I - were to have in place written procedures regarding cost management and verifying allowable costs in relation to those funds. For many school districts, the procedures existed in some fashion, but the written part needs to be fulfilled. These written procedures are monitored by DPI and audited by school district auditors. This session will briefly review the requirements before delving deeper by examining real examples submitted to DPI with the expectation that participants will gain a greater understanding of what constitutes compliant written procedures.
Track
Year of Success
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
For those of you that have been through it, the process of issuing debt seems onerous – meetings, conference calls, paperwork, signatures, and a mountain of paper. While the pre-issuance process certainly involves many steps, post-issuance compliance is multifaceted as well. In this session, we will discuss the essential aspects of post-issuance compliance including spend down requirements, arbitrage/rebate calculations, continuing disclosure, and ensuring timely payment of debt service to avoid default. These topics are particularly relevant in the rapidly changing interest rate and regulatory environment.
Track
Finance
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
Schools face a dilemma. On one hand, students must be protected and have access to computing resources. On the other hand, students themselves can be a threat to network security. How do schools protect their systems from these inquisitive students? We will discuss a threat model for schools from the experience of someone who was once a student network threat, then became a security analyst for a school, and is now a cybersecurity specialist that works with schools to strengthen their security.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
This session will provide participants an overview of  equitable participation under ESSA with an emphasis on equitable participation fiscal requirements. Topics will include allocations and notice, timeframe for obligations, and an LEA’s roles and responsibilities as the fiscal agent.
Track
Finance
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
As this unusual year goes on, pandemic-related issues continue to arise and important lessons we have learned should guide each school district’s planning for the future. We will discuss ongoing controversies and current hot topics related to face mask policies, employee safety grievances, planning for staff quarantines, and responding to employee leaves, telework or other accommodation requests.  And, we will help your school district plan for the rest of the year and beyond, including how to effectively evaluate staff in a virtual or hybrid environment, preparing for potential non-renewals, and key contract provisions to include moving forward.
Track
COVID-19
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
Time
11:15 AM - 11:50 AM
11:15 AM
Please join us on Zoom for the rescheduled Business Meeting; this would have originally taken place in May 2020 during the WASBO Foundation Spring Conference.
Track
Business Meeting
Time
11:50 AM - 12:10 PM
11:50 AM
Sending out a request for proposal (RFP) is a pretty standard operating procedure for many school districts. Whether you are requesting architectural services, or even website design services, all school districts will, at some time, solicit RFPs from professional service organizations. To help you write yours, we compiled a handy list of key points, best practices, and outlined the typical RFP process. Writing a clear RFP will help you “compare apples to apples”, and make decisions in an efficient manner, garnering you the most competitive numbers to take to your board and community.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
12:15 PM
Every Federal grant within the WISEgrants web portal has been designed to help the subrecipient meet both the allowable costs requirements under each Federal program and the Wisconsin Uniform Financial Accounting Requirements. This session will walk the audience through how the budgets have been designed in WISEgrants to be consistent with WUFAR financial reporting and include examples of specific costs and how they are reported.
Track
Year of Success
Time
12:15 PM - 1:05 PM
12:15 PM
In this session attendees will learn how their peers are using a new budgeting wizard to quickly and accurately build and project budgets.  WASBO members are using this new found on work they find more strategic and engaging.
Track
Finance
Time
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
12:15 PM
The Wisconsin Alliance is a group of Districts that have joined the Student Data Privacy Consortium through the DPI.  This consortium offers two tools at no cost to districts:  1) Sample contract language to use with vendors to provide a legal and consistent expectation for student data privacy and 2) A list of apps that meet the standards established and defined in the sample contract. You will leave this session knowing the criteria for selecting apps as well as who you can work with around the state when purchasing, selecting and negotiating software purchases.  If you don’t already have access to the consortium, we will also help you gain access to the resources.
Track
Technology
Time
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
12:15 PM
How to maintain and improve physical, social, and emotional health for you and your staff.
Track
Wellness
Time
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
12:15 PM
This workshop walks through important information every school district should know as well as discuss some of the challenges regarding employer rights and responsibilities, new challenges for physical safety, mental health and well-being and nurturing changes in behavior to address the ‘new normal.’ We will review some potential scenarios and obtain feedback and discussion from the audience.  The audience will receive a handout for reference as they return to an environment of working together and some key takeaways to help districts establish policies and practices that work and a team approach to ensuring successful outcomes.
Track
COVID-19
Time
1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
1:15 PM
With state and local budgets growing increasingly limited, funding allocation for school construction and renovation work needs to be carefully weighed. It is important to ensure that investments contribute to healthier buildings and improved student learning environments. This session will share a global research report published by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as examples from school learning environments. Learn how facilities and the classroom environment impact student health and performance.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
1:15 PM
The recently-enacted SECURE Act and the CARES Act have brought significant changes to retirement plans in 2020. Learn more about what these changes mean for your district’s 403(b) retirement savings plan and how the changes affect participants in your plan. We will present strategies that can help you avoid common mistakes while continuing to maintain 403(b) plan compliance.   During this session we will discuss:  •    New required minimum distribution (RMD) age increase  •    Waiver of Required Minimum Distributions for the 2020 calendar year  •    Coronavirus related distributions  •    Coronavirus related loans  •    Coronavirus deferment of loan payments  •    Deadline for plan amendments  •    New rules for individuals who inherit a retirement account and the elimination of certain “Stretch IRA” provisions    Join us to learn more about the impact these changes may have on your 403(b) retirement savings plan and how these changes may affect participants within the plan.
Track
COVID-19
Time
1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
1:15 PM
A school district’s transportation agreement governs one of the school district’s most significant relationships.  By its nature, the transportation agreement not only represents the means of compliance by the school district with its legal obligation to transport students to school, but also involves a significant annual expenditure by the school district and relates to aspects of student safety.  With the onset of the pandemic and its impact on the transportation needs of school districts, stresses have been placed upon this important contractual relationship.  This session will highlight some of the significant issues to be addressed in negotiating transportation agreements, including considerations related to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on contractual relationships.
Track
COVID-19
Time
1:15 PM - 2:05 PM
1:15 PM

Friday, 16 October 2020

Description
Track
General Session
Time
7:40 AM - 7:55 AM
7:40 AM
Months following the pandemic - Disinfection, Masks, Employment pre-screening, security issues and other topics related to the new landscape. We will discuss Risk Management under potential new directives due to the nature of the pandemic.  As we navigate the new normal, there may be different protocols.  This session will focus on up to the minute details of how to move through this difficult time
Track
COVID-19
Time
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
8:00 AM
This session will share the GFOA's Smarter School Spending model framework and philosophy, the resources available, and the School District of Fort Atkinson's journey since joining the Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting in 2015.
Track
Finance
Time
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
8:00 AM
DPI will be publishing and reporting to the U.S. Department of Education our first set of school level per-pupil expenditure data for 2018-19, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), on November 19, 2020. How are we rolling out this release? What do you need to know as business managers to ensure you are familiar and comfortable with the data being released? This session will discuss the next phase of this reporting requirement that has been in the works for four years.
Track
Finance
Time
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
8:00 AM
We all have negotiated and worked with insurance and benefits.   Are there things that you have always wondered about?   Are there calculations and terms that seem to be a mystery?  What about your consultant?   Attendees will learn more about the world of the insurance and benefit renewal process and how to achieve a better working relationship with those who serve them.  This can be a very dry topic, so we will keep it lively as well as informative!
Track
Human Resource Management
Time
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
8:00 AM
This proposed bill requires all K-12 schools that receive public funding to test all sources of drinking water, known as potable water, for lead contamination. This proposed regulation is gaining momentum and will likely be pushed through in the near future. This course will look at the current regulatory requirements for testing drinking water, and how they relate to the proposed legislation. A summary of likely requirements for sampling all K-12 schools drinking water will be offered. In addition, a representative from a school district who has conducted water sampling district-wide will share their experience with the testing procedures, lab results and the response to elevated levels that were taken, as well as the best way to communicate the sampling and results. If you are considering pro-active sampling, this course will prepare you.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
9:00 AM
After 2 failed Operating Referendums, the School District of Osceola passed on the third try, getting out from under the State-imposed revenue per member penalty.  Listening to the community, positive levy/debt management and a few new communication strategies contributed to the success.
Track
Finance
Time
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
9:00 AM
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) continues to issue significant guidance that districts must follow to conform with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This session will provide a brief overview of recently issued GASB Statements, including Statement 84 (Fiduciary Funds), Statement 87 (Leases), and related Implementation Guides.  This session will also review current GASB projects, including potential changes to the financial reporting model, revenue and expense recognition, and note disclosures.
Track
Finance
Time
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
9:00 AM
Attorney Shana R. Lewis of Strang Patteson Renning Lewis & Lacy, s.c., will review the Wisconsin laws, regulations, and procedures used to process Unemployment Insurance (Compensation) benefit claims submitted by Wisconsin public school district employees and independent contractors.   She will also cover the impact of COVID-19 on Unemployment Insurance (Compensation) benefits in Wisconsin.
Track
COVID-19
Time
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
9:00 AM
This session will discuss the ever changing risks surrounding cyber liability and discuss the experience of one school district after a cyber claim.
Track
Technology
Time
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
10:00 AM
Determining solutions is not easy alone but together WASBO members enhance serving the students of Wisconsin. Join this interactive session as you engage and share with a panel of your peers on the lessons learned during the pandemic. Everyone will share how this new learning opportunity is shaping planning for the future.
Track
COVID-19
Time
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
10:00 AM
This session will showcase some of the GASB 84 implementation practices and reporting tools already being utilized by the presenting districts.  Speakers will also review definitions of GASB 84 accounts and what constitutes application of this pronouncement.  The first half will have individual presentations of each district's implementation tools and hiccups they may have experienced along the way.  The second half of the time will be devoted to questions from session attendees.  Bring your list of agency funds to see how you compare!
Track
Finance
Time
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:00 AM
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.
Track
Finance
Time
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
10:00 AM
A better understanding of how the system works can help a school district manage workers compensation costs and save on insurance premium.   This is a broad overview of the workers compensation system and will review what constitutes a compensable claim, what benefits can be paid, and how disputes are litigated.  Common pitfalls to avoid and other legal issues will also be discussed.  Attendees will have information they can immediately use to review how well their district is managing their worker’s compensation exposure.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
11:00 AM
The DPI SFS Team just released your 2020-21 aid and revenue limit worksheets. What do you do with them? In this virtual session for Year of Success, we will go through the worksheets with a focus on the Revenue Limit worksheet and how you can use it as a tool for determining a tax levy with your Board.
Track
Year of Success
Time
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
11:00 AM
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.
Track
COVID-19
Time
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
11:00 AM
As a business official, you have access to data that relates to the financial aspects of your district, demographics and staffing. You will need to analyze this data and communicate to your staff, school board as well as the community how this data affects your district. Very few of these audiences understand school finance and the data that goes along with it. This data can also help make decisions that will maximize academic success for your district. This session will help you develop strategies for using your data to identify trends, benchmark against other districts and discover how the data can be used to produce the highest academic results.
Track
Finance
Time
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
11:00 AM
Join the WASBO Executive Director, Mentorship Coordinators and Year of Success Coordinator to discuss how your first year is going. Bring your questions!
Track
Year of Success
Time
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
12:00 PM
Learn about reading your utility bills, tracking energy use and ways to save energy for your district. Also included is using energy data to compare your energy use to other school districts and how can you become an "Energy Star."
Track
Facilities Certification - Core Module 2
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
Heating systems (hot water, steam, rooftop, and dual fuel), Cooling Systems (DX, water and air cooled chillers), Air Distribution Systems (VAV, constant reheat) and geothermal vs. ground sourcing are just a few of the topics we will highlight in this session.
Track
Facilities Certification - Core Module 2
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
Proper lighting design, controls, and system performance are critical to today’s learning environment. The evolution of lighting technologies and code requirements make choosing the proper lighting systems more challenging than ever. LED technologies are re-defining the role of lighting solutions in schools and making the right choice has become very confusing. This session will cover lighting technologies, LED – and where this technology is currently moving.
Track
Facilities Certification - Core Module 2
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
High points of this session will focus on the electronic systems used in school buildings including fire alarm, security, intercom, clock, telephone, and more. We will discuss the various types of systems, their advantages and disadvantages, relative costs, and other helpful information.
Track
Facilities Certification - Core Module 2
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
This facilities manager certification session will feature effective communications and interaction with the public. We will review the elements of effective communication and personal contacts, identify the key components to gaining trust and respect from others, and getting your message out and understood. We will also discuss ways to counteract misinformation and correct false rumors before they become widespread, as well as how to react to complaints about you and/or your staff.
Track
Facilities Certification - Core Module 6
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
Leadership is critical to the success of any organization. In this interactive session we will explore the philosophies and qualities of outstanding leaders. We will also examine ways to implement those strategies to become more effective leaders ourselves.
Track
Facilities Certification - Core Module 6
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
Facility Managers are being called on more than ever to present data related to facilities. From energy savings to customer satisfaction- this session will explore data that can be tracked and celebrated, as well as shared with your leadership team or school board. If it is worth doing....then it is worth measuring!
Track
Facilities Certification - Core Module 6
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
Districts face many issues during an employee’s “life cycle” during the employee’s employment with a district. This session will cover the hiring of employees, transfers and changes of assignment, leave provisions and retirement issues.
Track
Facilities Certification - Core Module 6
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
Too often a new business administrator (or new employee, in general) is entirely focused on mastering the existing job while missing immediate opportunities to improve their newly acquired position. This session will give both new and experienced business administrators insights into opportunities for continuous improvement in their respective districts. Learn how new employees, because they are the least knowledgeable on their first day, might be the most valuable of all when it comes to improving the processes and procedures of their districts.
Track
Year of Success
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
There are many important reporting deadlines that you will encounter throughout the year. In addition, other key activities and issues will come up at specific times during the year. We will give you the fly-over view of what to be looking for and when, some detailed information for getting started this August and highlight the new ESSA rules as they pertain to school building budgeting, accounting and reporting.  At WASBO conferences throughout the year we will delve into each of these topics in greater detail. We will also introduce you to the DPI School Financial Services Team website, with which you should become familiar. It has tons of useful information!
Track
Year of Success
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
This session will provide information about the many areas that need proactive forethought in coming to decisions about a school district’s cash reserve (fund balance) as it relates to its long-term financial health (including policies). The presenters will address sustainability and preplanned balances that protect programs, both instructional and non-instructional. Ideas will be shared on how to be transparent and thoughtful in discussing this issue as relationships are built with local citizens and state legislators. The new DPI unassigned fund balance accounts will also be explained.
Track
Year of Success
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
Does your district have debt obligations? Is your district looking to issue debt? This session will cover the very basics of debt issuance, including terminology, who’s who, DPI reporting, journal entries and post-issuance compliance.
Track
Year of Success
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
This panel discussion will articulate what it means to be a financially successful school district.  What do districts do to gain strong public support, a solid credit rating and manageable taxes? We will discuss attributes that are inherent in financially successful districts. Hear school administrators discuss their strategies in establishing financial policies and practices to promote financial health. The focus of the discussion will be on practical ways to approach budgeting, capital planning and employee bargaining and offer strategies for informing stakeholders.
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM
Though comprehensive primary care is essential to better health outcomes, lower overall costs, healthier families and improved quality of life, employees don’t always get the care they need when they need it. Learn how Muskego-Norway Schools filled that void by offering innovative health care and robust wellness programs that give all employees the resources to better manage their health, stress levels and work/life balance without increasing their budget.
Time
11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
11:59 PM

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